Gujarat: Earthquake of magnitude 5.5 strikes near Bhuj in Kutch district

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By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2020 9:16:06 pm

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Gujarat earthquake today: An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 struck near Bhuj in Kutch district in Gujarat on Sunday evening. The National Center for Seismology said the epicentre of the earthquake was 118 km north-northwest (NNW) of Rajkot at 8:13 pm. No injuries or damage to properties have been reported so far.

Heavy tremors were felt in Anjar and Bhachau of Kutch district, where people ran out of their homes. Its effect was also witnessed in the districts of Surendranagar, Rajkot and Patan while slight tremors were also felt in Ahmedabad.

“Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had an immediate telephone conversation with the Collectors of Rajkot, Kutch and Patan districts following the tremors in the state,” the Gujarat CMO tweeted.

મુખ્યમંત્રી શ્રી વિજયભાઈ રૂપાણીએ રાજ્યમાં આવેલા ભૂકંપના આંચકાઓને પગલે રાજકોટ, કચ્છ અને પાટણ જીલ્લાના કલેકટરો સાથે તાત્કાલિક ટેલિફોન દ્વારા વાતચીત કરીને પરિસ્થતિની જાણકારી મેળવી હતી.

— CMO Gujarat (@CMOGuj) June 14, 2020

Gujarat has witnessed three major earthquakes in the past with the most devastating being the one in 2001, another in Anjar in 1956 and the third in 1918 in the Rann of Kutch. The January 26, 2001 Bhuj earthquake, which was of 7.7 magnitude, reportedly killed over 20,000 people and left over 1.5 lakh others injured.

Minutes later, a 2.9 magnitude tremor was recorded 90 km east of Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the NCS.

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