Srinagar, Dec 7 (GNS): A pre-dawn moderate intensity earthquake on Thursday rattled Kashmir Valley and created fear and panic among people.

Officials said that the earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale occurred at 4:59 am today and continued for few seconds. The quake rattled the Valley and created fear and panic among sleepy residents. People in many areas came out of their bed rooms amid panic. There was however no loss of life or property.

As per officials, the epicentre of the earthquake was near J&K-Xingjian border and its coordinates are latitude 35.5 degrees north and longitude 77.6 degrees east. The Kashmir Valley is an earthquake prone zone and a 7.6 magnitude quake in 2005 left thousands of people dead on either side of Line of Control. (GNS)