An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter Scale sent residents of Rajkot in Gujarat, India into panic on Thursday morning July 16 as they reportedly rushed out of their homes terrified.
According to National Center for Seismology (NCS), the earthquake was felt at around 07:40 am while tremors of the early morning earthquake were felt across Rajkot, Jamnagar, Junagarh and Surendranagar areas.
Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani immediately spoke to the local administration in Rajkot to take stock of the situation. The epicentre of the quake was 22 km southwest of Rajkot, according to the NCS. The quake hit at a depth of more than 10 kilometres.
This is the second quake to hit the western state this month. On July 5, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded with its epicentre around 14 kms from Bhachau in Kutch district of Gujarat.
Two more earthquakes were also reported from different parts of the country. An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter Scale hit Karimganj in Assam at 7:57 am while earlier in the day, a low-intensity 2.3 earthquake measuring hit Una in Himachal Pradesh, the government’s nodal agency for monitoring seismic activity said.
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