Ahemadabad | Jagran News Desk: A minor earthquake measuring 2.3 on the Richter Scale hit Gujarat on Wednesday, hours ahead of the “very severe” Cyclone Vayu scheduled to make landfall in the coastal state.

The earthquake struck north Gujarat's Ambaji and Palanpur regions. The quake was too moderate to cause any damage.

It comes ahead of the Cyclone Vayu which is expected to hit Gujarat early on Thursday morning. An alert has been sounded in 10 districts as the cyclone had turned “very severe” and its impact is expected to remain strong for 24 hours even after its landfall. 

As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force (NDRF), comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the state, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on stand-by.

Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept standby as well.

A general alert has been sounded across 10 district in Gujarat as wind speeds are likely to touch 170 km per hour, a Home Ministry official said.

Vayu has turned into a "very severe" cyclone and it is expected that its impact will continue to be strong for 24 hours even after the landfall -- between Porbandar and Union territory Diu, the official said.

Normally a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall.

 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta