Srinagar: An earthquake of moderate intensity hit the Kashmir Valley on Thursday, but no damage to life or property was reported.

Sonam Lotus, director of the weather office, said that the earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred just after noon.

"Its epicenter was in Hindukush region of Afghanistan with latitude 36.1 degrees north and longitude 71.6 degrees east. The depth of the quake was 233.7 km at the epicenter," the official said.

The valley is situated in a region which has suffered devastating earthquakes.

On Oct 8, 2005, a quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale killed more than 40,000 people on both sides of the Line of Control that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.


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