4.4 and 4.0 Magnitude two earthquakes of moderate intensity shake Mirpur AJK twice in 14 hours duration

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Altaf Hamid Rao
MIRPUR (AJK): (Parliament Times) The lake-city of Mirpur Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the adjoining areas experienced frequent earthquakes of mild intensity twice  in only 14 hours duration till wee hours on Friday throwing entire area in severe panic and an uncertain situation, authorities confirmed.
Our Special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao reports from Mirpur that the city of over a million of UK-based Kashmiri expatriates and the  adjoining areas were shaken following the 4.4 magnitude earthquake at about 01.23 a.m on Friday – that lasted for about 5 seconds. The epicenter of this catastrophe was 30 KM North of Jhelum district of Pakistan with 10 km depth.

Earlier, the earthquake of moderate intensity of 4.0 magnitude at richer scale shocked the city at about 11.20 am on Thursday leaving  huge panic in the city besides the areas in its outskirts. The tremors lasted for about 3 seconds. The epicenter of the earthquake was 10 km deep near Dina (15 KM northeast of Jhelum District of Pakistan).

 

Local population, including those in deep sleep, got up due to severe tremor in the mid-night catastrophe rushed out of their houses to the open places for their survival.No loss of life or property was reported from any part of the Mirpur and adjoining areas following experiencing of the repeated catastrophe.It may be added that the aftershocks of mild intensity are experienced, with pause of months, since the Sept. 24 last year devastating earthquake of moderate intensity measuring 5.8 at Richter Scale had stroke Mirpur City and its adjoining areas in twin constituencies of LA-3 and 04 in this district of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

The catastrophe had left at least 40 persons dead besides injuring of minimum of 800 others sustained injuries in two major phases of the earthquake in Mirpur and adjoining Bhimbher districts on September 24, and 26, last year.

In the recent past on June 13, – Mirpur city was shaken by the earthquake of mild intensity that lasted for about 05 to 06 seconds.

 

The frequent wave of earthquake since September 24 last year in Mirpur and adjoining areas have  spread severe panic in entire area.

Seismic experts including geologists as well as local population, while expressing grave concern over frequent experiencing of earthquake in Mirpur and adjoining areas, have demanded of the government to manage the seismic survey of Mirpur district, which holds the country’s second largest reservoir Mangla Dam in its lap, to ascertain the real cause of the frequent experiencing of the catastrophe.

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