An earthquake advisory has been issued in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Doda Deputy Commissioner Sagar D Doifode has issued the advisory under which all the heads of educational institutions and offices located in Doda have been informed to conduct mock drills for the next two days at some designated time during the day, said the officials. The advisory was issued after a 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit Doda and Kishtwar districts of Chenab Valley region on Sunday.
According to the advisory, "After a mock alarm, all the officers and students shall move to the safer places outside the building lines and electric lines, particularly in open grounds and take shelter at such places in the buildings where the earthquake tremors can cause the least harm to the individuals such as under the door beam, corners of the room and under the desk and table." It further stated that all the sectoral and field officers shall keep abreast their respective district officers regarding day to day position.
A 4.9-magnitude earthquake had hit Doda and Kishtwar districts of Chenab Valley region in Jammu on Sunday. As per reports, the earthquake happened around 8 in the morning and lasted for a few seconds. This led to people panicking, and people rushed out of their homes. According to the officials, the earthquake was at latitude 33 degrees North and longitude 67.1 East. It was reported that there has been no casualty or damage to property anywhere. "As of now, there is no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property," Doda SSP Mumtaz Ahmed said.
Two strong tremors in a span of 30 hours, that shook Bhaderwah Valley, parts of Doda, Kishtwar and Bhalessa, not only triggered panic among people but also brought back the scary memory of 2013 when the entire belt in general and Bhaderwah Valley in particular experienced a series of earthquakes. "Although Jammu and Kashmir falls under danger zone and there is a possibility of tremors, nobody can predict the exact location or timing of the earthquake," said seismic expert Professor G M Bhat. As per the statement given by the Oregon State University, the new geologic mapping in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir suggests that the region is ripe for a major earthquake that could endanger the lives of as many as a million people.
(From PTI Inputs)