Gujarat Jolted By 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake; Rajkot Is Epicentre

Tremors were felt around different cities of Gujarat like Patan, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, and Kutch around 8:13 pm on June 14. No damage reported so far.

Jessica David

June 15, 2020

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An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitudes on the Richter Scale struck 122 kilometres north-northwest of Rajkot, Gujarat at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday (June 14), according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). Gujarat has witnessed three major earthquakes in the past with the most devastating in 2001, another in Anjar in 1956 and the third in 1918 in the Rann of Kutch. As per reports, the earthquake that struck Gujarat on 26 January 2001, measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale and lasted for a little over 100 seconds. Over the past two months, more than a dozen earthquakes and mild tremors have struck the national capital.

According to top geologists of the country, 10 low to moderate intensity tremors, shaking Delhi-NCR in the span of one and a half month indicate that a powerful earthquake could strike India’s national capital in the near future. Unfortunately, Delhi falls under high-risk seismic zone-4 and its border towns are witness to mushrooming growth of high rise private buildings, plenty of them which do not adhere to mandatory guidelines of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) set for earthquake-resistant construction.

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