Mild tremors in Uttarakhand (Lead)

February 10th, 2012 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Dehradun, Feb 10 (IANS) A moderate earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter Scale jolted parts of Uttarakhand and neighbouring Himachal Pradesh shortly after midnight, an official from the Met department said Friday.

“The epicentre was Uttarkashi district. The quake took place at 12.47 a.m. Friday,” J.L. Gautam, director (operations) of seismology division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) headquartered in the national capital, told IANS.

“The area is under seismic zone 5, which makes the region prone to quakes,” added Gautam.

Uttarkashi district is located in the northwest corner of the state.

While there were no reports of loss of life or property, tremors were also felt in parts of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, Met department officials said the epicentre was Chamoli in Uttarakhand.

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