Gandhinagar | Jagran News Desk: An earthquake of magitude 4.4 on the Richter Scale struck Gujarat on Monday afternoon, said the National Center for Seismology (NCS) while adding that the epicentre was 83 km northwest (NW) of Rajkot.

According to the National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake struck Gujarat at 12.57 pm. However, no damage or any kind of injury has been reported so far.

On Sunday too, an earthquake of magnitude 5.3 on Richter Scale had struck Gujarat. The epicentre of that earthquake was located Bhachauin Kutch district.

According to the Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) said that the tremor was recorded at 8:13 pm. An aftershock of 3.1 magnitude was felt six minutes later, with its epicentre located 25 km west north west of Rapar in Kutch district, the ISR said.

Though the earthquake reportedly didn't cause any major damage, it reminded many people of the devastating temblor of 2001 that had killed thousands and flattened houses and buildings.

Meanwhile, 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.

"Earthquake risk is very high in Gujarat and the state has suffered nine major earthquakes in the past 200 years," as per the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority. 

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma