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May 01, 2013 at 02:12pm IST

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits J&K, tremors felt in parts of North India

New Delhi: Tremors were felt in parts of North India as a mild earthquake hit Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The epicentre of the earthquake, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale, was the border of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. "A tremor measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale was recorded at 12.27 PM today," an official of the MET office said. He said the epicentre of the earthquake was Baderwah area of the state and located 10 km deep. Tremors were felt around from 12:27 pm to 12:34 pm, officials said.

According to initial reports, about six buildings have suffered minor damages including two schools in Bhaderwah. The tremor shook the buildings in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley, prompting the residents to come out. Police said there are no reports of anyone getting hurt and any damage to the property due to the tremor in Srinagar.

Tremors were felt in parts of North India including New Delhi and Punjab. The tremors were felt for about 20-25 seconds in the New Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who felt the tremors, tweeted, "Yup, I felt those tremors in Srinagar. Strange thing was that I heard the rumble before the house started to shake. With reports of the epicentre being in Doda I'm encouraged by the initial reports about damage. I hope it stays this way."

There were also reports of injuries in the area around the epicentre Doda. Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Reports of some structural damage in Doda region & injuries including to school children. SDRF teams mobilised & district officers sent." "7 children & 2 teachers reported injured in 3 different schools. Some damage to structures in the region of Doda, Gandoh & Badarwah," he added.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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