Earthquake measuring 5.7 strikes northern India: USGS

SYDNEY Wed May 1, 2013 4:45am EDT

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck in northern India on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was only 10 km (six miles) deep and struck at 6:57 GMT (2.57 a.m. ET), 17 km (10 miles) northeast of Bhadarwah in India, said the USGS. Powerful, shallow quakes are capable of causing extensive damage.

(This story corrects the day and location of quake)

(Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Paul Tait)