Two persons were killed, 69 others were injured and scores of buildings damaged in Jammu and Kashmir when an earthquake of moderate intensity shook parts of North India on Wednesday.

Twin districts of Kishtwar and Doda in Jammu region were the hardest hit. Nearly 400 structures in the two districts, including schools, hospitals and houses, developed cracks.

The quake, measuring 5.8 magnitude, struck Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of North India at around 12-27 p.m.

The tremors were felt in Punjab and Haryana but there were no immediate reports of casualty or damage from the two States.

In Himachal Pradesh, the quake lasted nearly 30 seconds and was felt from tribal Lahaul and Spiti valley to foothills of Una. A few houses were damaged in Chamba as frightened people scampered out of their houses on to the streets in the hill State.

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