New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two back-to-back earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 and 3.0 on Richter scale struck Gujarat's Rajkot and Jammu and Kashmir's Katra respectively on Sunday evening, said the National Center for Seismology (NCS).

In a statement, the National Centre for Seismology said that a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Gujarat at 8.13 pm while adding that the epicentre of the quake was 122 km north-northwest (NNW) of Rajkot.

The NCS said that the earthquake struck around 85 km from Bhuj, which was the site where a 7.7 magnitude earthquake had caused devastation on January 26, 2001. However, no damage or injures have been reported this time so far. 

Meanwhile, an earthquake of magnitude 3.0 on Richter scale also struck Jammu and Kashmir at 8.35 pm on Sunday, said the NCS while adding that the epicentre was located 90 km east of Katra in the state.

So far, no damage or any kind of injury has been reported.

The tremors of Sunday evening are the latest in the series of low or moderate earthquakes that have struck north India over the last two months. Experts have asked people not to panic due to the recent earthquakes but have asked everyone to take the necessary precautions. 

Director of the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) BK Bansal on Wednesday said that given the seismic history of Delhi, minor earthquakes in Delhi-NCR are not unusual while adding that there is no proven technology in the world to predict earthquakes with certainty in terms of location, time and magnitude.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has advised the state governments to conduct regular mock exercises and come out with SoPs for immediate response after an earthquake.

Requesting the state governments to take necessary steps, the NDMA has suggested them to identify the vulnerable structures, especially lifeline buildings, and retrofit them. Private buildings should also be retrofitted in a phased manner, it has said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma