New Delhi/Srinagar: A quake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale rocked the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday afternoon. Tremors were also felt in certain parts of north India including Delhi.

Tremors rattle most parts of India

According to reports, a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore and the tribal areas. The epicentre of the quake lay in the Hindu Kush Mountains in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region. At several places, the tremors lasted over 10 seconds.

On April 16, an earthquake killed dozens and flattened hundreds of houses in the remote Mashkel area of Balochistan province. The epicentre of that 7.8-magnitude quake was in southeast Iran but most of the deaths were reported across the border in Balochistan.

The Kashmir Valley is situated in an earthquake-prone region where tremors in the past have wreaked havoc. On Oct 6, 2005, a quake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale killed more than 40,000 people on the two sides of the Line of Control (LoC) in the divided Kashmir.

(JPN/Agencies)

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