Panic after earthquake jolts Bhaderwah, Doda second time in past 15 days

An earthquake of moderate intensity again shook Bhaderwah Valley, parts of Doda and Bhalessa in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Monday morning, triggering panic among people.
Panic after earthquake jolts Bhaderwah, Doda second time in past 15 days

An earthquake of moderate intensity again shook Bhaderwah Valley, parts of Doda and Bhalessa in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district on Monday morning, triggering panic among people.

After shaking the Valley a fortnight back, the quake, measuring 3.7on the Richter Scale, again struck the Bhaderwah belt at 06.31 am, Met officials said.

The epicentre of the quake was 7 Km south east of Bhadarwah, they said.

The tremor was also felt in the adjoining areas of Bhaderwah Valley including parts of Doda, Bhalessa and Matmat. 

Panicked people rushed out of their homes in some areas of Bhaderwah in chilling cold when the quake rattled picturesque Valley early morning. 

"We have been collecting information from all our police posts and also from local sources since morning, but as of now, there is no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property," said SP Bhadarwah Sargun Shukla. 

People of Chenab valley are apprehensive of tremors  after a study of the US scientists published last year,  which predicted that there is a possibility of major earthquake in J&K. 

"We are apprehending big trouble as tremors of moderate and low intensity have become a routine in Bhaderwah Valley for some time now. But surprisingly no body from administration or any of the seismic experts seems to be remotely bothered to locate the exact cause of these local earthquakes," said a social worker, Imtiaz-Ur-Rehman Butt  from Mohalla Sarafan Bhaderwah. 

A tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale had hit the area earlier this month on December 3.

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