SRINAGAR: The massive earthquake, epicentred in Afghanistan, that rocked Jammu and Kashmir on Monday afternoon has caused huge damage to property across the Valley while there were no reports of casualties so far.
Cracks appeared in most multi-storeyed public and private buildings and a flyover here, while there were reports of major damage to dozens of government and private buildings in Badgam, Anantnag, Baramulla, Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts.
People in the entire Valley abandoned offices, business places and homes and ran out into the open in order to avoid being caught in building collapses. Traffic came to abrupt halt in the Valley as vehicles started swinging on shaking roads during the tremor.
Even an hour after the quake occurred at 2.40 p.m., people did not ent er buildings fearing aftershocks.
“We are collecting information on loss of life and damaged to public and private property from across the Valley.
“Reports about damages to public and property are tentative, but given the magnitude of the earthquake, we are keeping fingers crossed,” said a senior officer of the provincial administration here.
The earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck Jammu and Kashmir Monday with epicenter in the Hindukush mountain region of Afghanistan.
Telecom services have been reportedly hit after the earthquake tremors rattled the Kashmir valley.
U4UVoice has received complaints from subscribers of almost all telecom networks in the valley that they are unable to receive/make calls.
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However, there were reports that Mobile Internet was working after the tremors.
And this is the earthquake epicentre:
Meanwhile, Omar Abdullah tweets
Electricity cutoff with the tremors in Srinagar. Praying it hasn’t caused loss of life or too much damage anywhere. #earthquake
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 26, 2015
First time I’ve rushed out after the earthquake of 2005. — Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 26, 2015
Twitter was flurried with tweets from Srinagar residents, giving updates on the condition.
— Hopeless (@NaviSK7) October 26, 2015