Earthquake hits Kashmir, northern Pakistan (Lead)

February 20th, 2009 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS  

Srinagar/Islamabad, Feb 20 (IANS) An earthquake of moderate intensity rocked the Kashmir Valley in India as well as the Pakistani capital Islamabad Friday morning, triggering panic among residents.
“The earthquake occurred at 9.18 a.m. and measured 5.5 on the Richter scale,” T.K. Jotshi, assistant director of the weather office in Srinagar, told IANS.

“Its epicentre was 34.3 degrees north latitude and 73.9 east longitude near the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir,” he added.

“I was in my bedroom when the bed started rocking. I ran out of my home in panic,” said Bashir Ahmed, a doctor who lives on the outskirts of Srinagar.

In Pakistan, the tremor was felt in capital Islamabad and the adjoining garrison city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province, and other parts of the country, DAWN NEWS reported.

The epicentre of the quake was 92 km northeast of Islamabad, the US Geological Survey said in its website. It calculated the intensity at 5.7 on the Richter scale.

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