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May 01, 2013 at 10:27pm IST

J&K: Earthquake leaves 1 dead, 69 injured

Srinagar: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Jammu and Kashmir and North India earlier in the day on Wednesday left one person dead and 69, including 32 children, across the state. An injured person was airlifted to Jammu.

Scores of houses have developed cracks in the Chenab Valley. The quake had its epicentre in Doda district in the state. Tremors were felt in parts of North India as the mild earthquake hit Jammu and Kashmir at 12:27 pm.

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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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