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Multiple Mild Earthquakes Rattle Jammu and Ladakh; No Damage Reported


Jammu: According to officials, no reports of damage or casualties have been received so far as two mild intensity earthquakes struck the mountainous Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, while a separate tremor was recorded in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

The National Centre of Seismology (NCS) reported that the initial earthquake, measuring 4.1 magnitude, occurred at a depth of 11 km, with a latitude of 32.96 degrees north and a longitude of 75.79 degrees east. The tremor, which occurred at 3.50 am local time, jolted residents from their sleep and prompted them to evacuate their homes as a precautionary measure.

A second tremor, measuring an intensity of unknown magnitude, took place at 5.22 am. It had a depth of 10 km, with a latitude of 33.01 degrees north and a longitude of 75.78 degrees east. The National Centre of Seismology, the primary government agency monitoring earthquake activity, provided these details.

Residents of Doda have experienced a series of seismic events in the past six days, with a total of 10 tremors of varying intensities. On June 13, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the district, resulting in structural damage to numerous buildings, including houses, due to the strong tremors.

Meanwhile, Ladakh also encountered a mild earthquake. The NCS reported a 3.9 magnitude tremor at 10.38 pm, followed by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake in Leh at 9.44 pm. The latter tremor occurred at a depth of 10 km, approximately 215 km northeast of Leh.

While these earthquakes have caused concern among the local population, the absence of any reported damage or injuries provides some relief. The authorities remain vigilant, closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected regions.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in the region due to its proximity to major tectonic plate boundaries. The rugged terrain and mountainous landscape of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh make it susceptible to seismic activity. However, the government and concerned agencies have committed to enhancing preparedness and resilience in order to minimize the potential impact of such events on the local communities.

Residents are advised to stay informed and follow safety guidelines during such situations. Earthquake drills and awareness campaigns play a vital role in educating the public about the necessary precautions and actions to take in the event of an earthquake, thereby ensuring their safety.

As the situation unfolds, authorities will continue to monitor and assess the seismic activity in the region, providing timely updates and guidance to the public. As efforts are made to mitigate any potential risks associated with earthquakes in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the authorities prioritize the well-being and security of the residents as their utmost priority.


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