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5.5-magnitude earthquake shakes parts of Gujarat

Residents are seen in a street in Ahmedabad after an earthquake on June 14, 2020.

Residents are seen in a street in Ahmedabad after an earthquake on June 14, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The quake struck around 85 km from Bhuj, the site of a devastating 2001 earthquake.

Gujarat experienced 5.5 magnitude earthquake on Sunday, with its epicentre near Bhachau in Kutch. 

A preliminary statement by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said the quake occurred at 8.13 p.m. at a depth of 10 km in Kutch district, approximately 120 km from Rajkot.

Map locates the epicentre of an earthquake that struck parts of Gujarat on June 14, 2020. Photo: seismo.gov.in

Map locates the epicentre of an earthquake that struck parts of Gujarat on June 14, 2020. Photo: seismo.gov.in  

 

According to the map on the NCS website, the quake struck around 85 km from Bhuj, the site of a devastating 7.7 magnitude earthquake on January 26, 2001 that reportedly killed over 20,000 people and left over 1.5 lakh injured. The latitude and longitude of the epicentre have been verified as 23.3 N and 70.4 E respectively.

Moderate to strong tremors were felt in large parts of the State, including Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Morbi, Kutch, Jamnagar and the north Gujarat region. In Ahmedabad, people came out of high rise flats following tremors. 

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke to District Collectors of Patan, Kutch and Rajkot to take stock of the situation. 

According to State government sources, no injuries, deaths or damages have been reported so far, though the tremors were strong in certain parts.

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