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 1,500 feared killed in Gujarat quake
At least 1,000 people were feared killed, including about 300 in Ahmedabad city, and several thousands injured in an earthquake which struck Gujarat this morning. Several hundreds were also rendered homeless.

Relief on a war-footing
The Union Cabinet held an emergency meeting this evening to take stock of the situation arising out of the earthquake in Gujarat earlier in the day and decided to launch relief on a war footing.

 N-might takes a backseat at R-Day parade
Unlike the last two years, the ``show of strength'' on the Raj Path today was a sober affair.

 Aftershocks may cause further damage
Global seismological data when matched with recordings taken by the National Geographical Research Institute here has revealed that the devastating earthquake that struck Gujarat early this morning measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.

 4 killed in Pak.
The earthquake that devastated parts of Gujarat has also affected Pakistan. Though the magnitude of the quake as measured on the Richter Scale was high, it has not caused much damage.

China, France register different intensities
China's seismological bureau has measured the intensity of the Gujarat earthquake at 7.8 on the Richter scale, higher than 6.9 reported by its Indian counterpart.

Leaders express shock
The Congress president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, has expressed deep shock and distress at the havoc caused by the earthquake in Gujarat.

'Delhi ill-equipped to handle quakes'
``Delhi is ill-prepared in case of an earthquake.'' This apprehension was expressed in a public interest litigation pending before the Delhi High Court for the last two years.

Severe tremors in Rajasthan
The devastating quake which struck Gujarat early today triggered severe tremors in parts of western Rajasthan and districts adjoining Gujarat. Damage to buildings was reported from at least 15 districts while the quake had an impact in the Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Kota and Jaipur divisions.

Earthquake triggers oil slick
The earthquake which has caused extensive damage in Gujarat has set off an oil slick near Kandla, which could pose a major environmental problem.

Buildings develop cracks in Mumbai
If the earthquake took a toll of several lives and property in Gujarat, the roll of tremors touched neighbouring Maharashtra, including the densely-populated Mumbai. It sent the chill down the spines this morning even as people were getting ready to watch the Republic Day parade on television.

Russia sends team
Russia has despatched a rescue team to India to help rescue people trapped in the debris of collapsed buildings in the devastating earthquake in Gujarat.

Let us face the tragedy as one man: President, Vajpayee
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today appealed to the people, and voluntary organisations to render all help to the Government in rescue and relief operations in Gujarat and other quake-hit areas.

Bush offers assistance
The U.S. President, Mr. George W bush today conveyed his condolence to the families affected by the earthquake in Gujarat and offered assistance to the State.

Mamata sending Rly officials to Gujarat
The Railway Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, tonight said that she was sending a team of Railway Board officials and engineers to the earthquake devastated Gujarat for assessing the damage and restoration of Railway lines on a war footing.

Richter scale - what it is and what it measures
Most people have heard of the Richter scale - the measure of the strength of an earthquake - but what does it really measure and what does it mean?

Worried parents await news from Bhuj
Tension and anxiety have gripped the parents of 24 students of a design school in Bangalore, who had gone on a study tour to Bhuj in Gujarat, the epicentre of Friday's earthquake.

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