Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 10 km depth
17 Sep 22:31 UTC: First to report: NCS after 6 minutes.
Update Fri, 17 Sep 2021, 22:36Moderate magnitude 4.8 quake hits 34 km south of Kargil, India early morning
4.8 quake 18 Sep 3:55 am (GMT +5:30)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred early morning on Saturday, September 18th, 2021, at 3:25 am local time near Kargil, Ladakh, India, as reported by India's National Center for Seismology (NCS).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kargil (pop. 13,800) located 34 km from the epicenter, and Pahlgām (pop. 7,800) 79 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Trāl (pop. 13,300) located 100 km from the epicenter, Islamabad (pop. 79,800) 107 km away, and Padam (pop. 25,000) 112 km away.
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