New Delhi: In an unfortunate incident, an earthquake has struck Gujarat’s Rajkot on Sunday at 8:13 PM, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) said. The intensity of the quake was 5.5 on the Richter Scale. The epicentre of the quake was 122 km north-northwest (NNW) of Rajkot. Also Read - Pani Puri Vending Machine Viral: Dispensing Golgappe And Maintaining Hygiene Amid CoronaVirus is OG Innovation!
Prior to this, a similar earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale had hit Gujarat on May 9 this year. The tremors were felt in the state at 3.36 PM. The jolts were also experienced in Junagarh, Porbandar, and Gir Somnath.
In another development, an earthquake of magnitude 3.0 struck 90 km east of Katra, Jammu and Kashmir at 8:35 PM on Sunday, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) said.
An aftershock of 3.1 magnitude was felt six minutes later, with its epicentre located 25 km west north-west of Rapar in Kutch district, the ISR said.
Though the earthquake reportedly didn’t cause any major damage, it reminded many people of the devastating temblor of 2001 that had killed thousands and flattened houses and buildings.
In Kutch, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Patan, many people rushed out of their houses on Sunday night.
While several parts of Gujarat felt the quake, its intensity was said to be more in Patan and Rajkot districts neighbouring Kutch.
Several houses, most if them made from mud, suffered minor damage with their walls developing cracks, officials said.
The January 26, 2001 temblor, labelled as the second most destructive in the country in the last two centuries, had killed around 20,000 people and flattened several villages in Kutch district. It had also damaged buildings in Saurashtra region and other parts of Gujarat.
Meanwhile, deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said a quake of such intensity was felt after a long time.
“Entire Saurashtra and north Gujarat regions, including Ahmedabad, felt the impact of the quake with 5.3 magnitude. The after shock was of a lower intensity. There is no report of any major damage to life and property from any area after the quake,” he said.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held telephonic conversation with collectors of Kutch, Rajkot and Patan districts that are located close to the epicentre of the quake.