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Saturday 8 October 2005

Severest earthquake in 120 years in Jammu & Kashmir: official

Srinagar, Oct. 8 (PTI): The earthquake that shook Jammu and Kashmir today was the severest in the state in over 120 years, a senior officer of the weather office said.

Our records show that an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude was felt in the valley with epicentre at Sopore in Baramulla district of North Kashmir on May 30, 1885, Director, Weather Office, G K Mohantey, told PTI here.

He said although Jammu and Kashmir usually witnessed moderate to severe earthquakes in the past as well, today's tremor was the severest.

Mohantey said today's earthquake had the magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was at a place near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan at latitude 30.6 degrees north and longitude 73.0 degrees east.

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