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3.3 magnitude earthquake hits Bharuch

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An earthquake of magnitude 3.3 on the Richter Scale was felt in south Gujarat on Monday evening.

No casualty or damage to property was reported from the region, officials said.

 

The epicentre of the quake was in Bharuch district.

It measured 3.3 on the Richter Scale and was 7 kilometres east-south-east from Bharuch city.

An official of Gandhinagar-based Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) said that the tremor occurred at 5:19 pm.

People in parts of the city rushed out of their houses after experiencing the quake.

No casualty or damage to property was reported so far from the region.

Earlier quakes

On July 5 a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was reported in Bhachau in Kutch. Its epicentre was 14 km from Bhachau.

It was preceded by four minor quakes of 1.8, 1.6, 1.7 and 2.1 magnitudes between 1.50 am and 4.32 pm.

That quake was also reported at 5.11 pm.

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The same region had on June 14 recorded an earthquake of 5.3 magnitude.

This quake was felt across several parts of Saurashtra region.

People rushed out of their homes fearing the quake.

Earthquake prone region

Kutch district is located in a “very high risk” seismic zone and low-intensity earthquakes regularly occur there.

Earlier Gujarat had in 2001 seen a massive earthquake, the third largest and second most destructive in India over the last two centuries.

Quake in Rajkot

An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Rajkot in Gujarat at 7:40 am on July 16. The epicentre of the quake was 22 km southwest of Rajkot. It was recorded at a depth of more than 10 kilometres.

This was the second quake in July to hit Gujarat.

Interestingly, on the same day, two more earthquakes were reported from different parts of the country.

One was of 4.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale recorded from Karimganj in Assam at 7:57 am.

The other was a low-intensity earthquake measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale in Una in Himachal Pradesh recorded at 4:47 am.