Earthquake in Himachal: Panic in Chamba and Kangra after tremors
SHIMLA- On Thursday afternoon, an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale shook Himachal for a moment after which people in Kangra and Chamba districts went into a panicking state. The tremors felt for two seconds. There is no report of casualty or major, damage so far.
It happened at 1:41 pm in Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur, Mandi, Lahaul- Spiti along with parts of neighbouring state of Punjab.
The epicenter was of the quake lies in the Dhauladhar ranges on Kangra- Chamba border (Lat. 32.3°N Long. 76.5°E) at a depth of 10 kilometers.
It made people rush out of their homes and offices as precautionary measure after earthquake struck.
Kangra Deputy Commissioner Kangra said, “There are minor reports of cracks developed in the buildings from villagers overlooking Dharamsala town. But no major damage or casualty has been reported.”
The Kangra and Chamba areas falls in zone 5 category of seismic probability and that makes it as one of the most earthquake prone areas of the country. These districts have always been tectonically sensitive regions. In 1905, a major earthquake had devastated entire Kangra region leaving 20000 people dead.
The the 1500 kilometer Main Boundary Thrust (MBT), that traverses through the Dhauladhar ranges upto northeast, is the focus of activity.