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Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Jolts Jammu and Kashmir

Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Jolts Jammu and Kashmir

On March 21, 2023, a moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale struck Jammu and Kashmir, sending tremors across the region.

The earthquake, which occurred at around 10:17 Pm local time, was felt in many parts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Srinagar, the capital city. The tremors were also felt in neighboring states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Strong Earthquake Of  6.6 Magnitude Shakes J&K

Srinagar, March 21: A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.7 on the Richter scale occurred on Tuesday night in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering panic among the people who rushed outside their homes and called their loved ones to enquire about their wellbeing.

The high-intensity earthquake occurred 22:10:27IST. The earthquake was at the latitude 36.09 degrees north and longitude 71.35 degrees east, a meteorological department official here told GNS. The epicenter was Hindu Kush Region, he said.

There was no immediate report of any damage in the earthquake which caused panic among the people who rushed out of their houses. (GNS)

*Final Readings*

Magnitude: 6.6
Date & time: Mar 21, 2023 / 10:17:52 p.m. Depth: 198.0 km
Epicenter: 36.52°N / 70.97°E (Afghanistan)

Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)

Estimated energy: 7.1 x 10^14 joules (197 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 10.6 atomic bombs!)

Estimated magnitude 7.7 earthquake
Affected countries: Turkmenistan, India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan
90 km from Kalafgan, Afghanistan
More details are awaited

While there are no reports of casualties or damage to property yet, the earthquake has caused panic among the locals. Many people rushed out of their homes and offices to open areas for safety.

The seismic activity in the region is not unusual, as Jammu and Kashmir lies in a highly active seismic zone. The region has witnessed several earthquakes in the past, some of which have caused significant damage and loss of life.

Telecommunication service, incoming and outgoing services restored throughout valley after massive earthquake disturb communication, throughout valley.

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