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Saturday 8 October 2005

Indian Met office warns of strong aftershocks

New Delhi, Oct 8. (PTI): After the massive earthquake that killed hundreds of people in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan today, strong aftershocks continued to rock the region with the Met department warning of more in the next several days.

Seven aftershocks measuring over 5.0 on the Richter scale were recorded after the temblor measuring 7.4 rocked the region at 0920 hrs IST. All were epicentred near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The strongest of these was a 6 magnitude jolt recorded at 1616 hrs and several smaller ones were felt through the day.

A Met official said aftershocks were a normal phenomenon after a major earthquake and these were likely to continue for several days.

However, no warnings were being issued as it was not possible to predict the timing of the aftershocks, he said.

Today's temblor was one of the strongest recorded in the region in recent times.

Source: The Hindu
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