Earthquake Strikes Jammu and Kashmir: Tremors Felt in Northern Regions of India
On Wednesday, 28th July 2021, Jammu and Kashmir was hit by a massive earthquake. The earthquake, which measured 6.0 on the Richter scale, was felt in several parts of Northern India, including Delhi and its adjoining areas. According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the epicentre of the earthquake was in the Hindukush mountain range of Afghanistan, which is about 224 km northeast of Kabul, and 410 km from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir’s capital.
The Impact of Earthquake
The earthquake tremors were felt in several parts of Northern India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Delhi-NCR. People in these areas reported strong shaking, making them run out of their homes. However, there have been no reports of any casualty or damage to property so far.
In Jammu and Kashmir, people on the streets were seen panicking, and many of them took shelter under open skies. Many of them also took to social media and shared their experiences of the tremors. Delhiites were also left shaken and confused by the tremors. Several buildings in the national capital were seen shaking following the earthquake.
Precautionary Measures During Earthquakes
As soon as the earthquake hits, it is recommended to take shelter under a table or a bed or go to an open space away from the building. One should not use elevators to come downstairs during an earthquake. People should also stay calm and avoid panicking and running out of the building. It is recommended to turn off gas and electrical switches before leaving the room.
Moreover, it would be best to keep a stock of some essential items like food, water, and first aid kits in case of any emergency. Since earthquakes can occur anytime without any warning, it is crucial to take necessary precautions to prevent any mishap.
In India, earthquakes are becoming increasingly frequent. The country is located in a seismically active zone that is prone to earthquakes. Therefore, it is necessary to be prepared for such instances, take necessary precautions, and be cautious to avoid a calamity. Everyone should stay tuned to the news and keep their emergency kits at the ready to minimize damage and loss of life during any natural disaster.
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Summary: A massive earthquake of 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Jammu and Kashmir and its adjoining areas in Northern India, causing panic and confusion among people. Although there haven’t been any reports of any casualties or damage to property, it is recommended to take necessary precautions during such events, like taking shelter under a table, avoiding elevators, and stocking up on essential items in case of any emergency. Everyone should stay prepared to minimize damage and loss of life during such natural disasters. #NEWS