An earthquake of modern intensity today shook Kashmir Valley sparking panic among residents but there were no reports of any damage or casualties. The quake, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, struck at 1741 hours and lasted nearly 10 seconds, officials said. Terrified residents rushed out of their houses but there were no reports of any damage to property or casualties, they said.
The epicentre of the tremor was in Hindukush region of Afghanistan. On October 8, 2005, a devastating earthquake flattened vast swathes of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and many hamlets in the Valley along the LoC, killing thousands of people.
Times of India