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Earthquake Measuring 5.3 on Richter Scale Jolts Gujarat's Rajkot, Kutch and Ahmedabad

Representative Image.

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According to the National Centre for Seismology, the quake, which occurred at 8.13 p.m., had its epicentre 118 km north by northwest of Rajkot.

Kutch, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Patan areas of Gujarat were rocked by an earthquake of 5.3 magnitude on the Richter scale -- classified as "moderate" -- on Sunday evening.

According to the National Centre for Seismology, the quake, which occurred at 8.13 p.m., had its epicentre 118 km north by northwest of Rajkot, in Bhachau in Kutch district. Its depth was 10 km.

No reports of any loss of property or damage have come in yet.

An official of the Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) said that the tremor was recorded at 8:13 pm.

The quake was felt in cities like Kutch, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Patan, where many people rushed out of their houses.

"Its epicentre was located 13 kilometres north-north east from Bhachau in Kutch district," he said.

No report to damage to property or life is reported so far.

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.

He directed the collectors to report damage, if any, caused due to the quake and activate disaster management cell, said a release from the CMO.

Earlier, after a dozen low-intensity earthquakes hit Delhi over the last few months, the National Disaster Management Authority convened a meeting and said that there was no need to panic. It highlighted the importance of preparedness and readiness of mitigation measures to reduce risks.

(With inputs from agencies)