J&K’s Doda district experienced back-to-back earthquakes and aftershocks on Sunday morning, causing concern among residents. The first earthquake occurred at 9:55 pm the previous day, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter near Bhaderwah town. Just six hours later, another tremor of 4.1 magnitude struck at 3:50 am, creating panic among the population. A third low-intensity quake of 2.2 magnitude was felt at 9 am.
According to the National Centre of Seismology, the epicenter of the 3:50 am earthquake, the ninth in a series since Tuesday, was located 11 km east of Bhaderwah town.
Despite issuing an alert across the district, there have been no reports of loss of life, injuries, or significant damage to structures so far, as confirmed by ADC Bhaderwah Dilmir Chowdhary.
District Magistrate Doda Vishesh Paul Mahajan has advised people not to enter buildings with cracks, and schools have been instructed to hold classes in open areas rather than classrooms for the time being.
The Chenab Valley, especially Bhaderwah valley, has been experiencing regular tremors since the initial earthquake measuring 5.4 on Tuesday, followed by aftershocks of 4.3 and 2.2 magnitude within 12 hours.
Most of the earthquakes and aftershocks have been centered in or around Bhaderwah valley, according to earth sciences experts and the National Centre of Seismology.
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