Two mild tremors of magnitudes 3.7 and 3.8 struck Kutch and Surat districts of Gujarat, respectively, on Saturday. No damage or casualties have been reported, officials said.
The first tremor of 3.8 intensity had its epicentre 27 km west-southwest of Surat in the Arabian Sea. It occurred at 12:52am at a depth of 5.2 km, according to the Gandhinagar-based Institute of Seismological Research.
The second seismic activity of 3.7 magnitude had its epicentre 25 km north-northwest of Dudhai in Kutch. The activity was recorded at 1.51 pm at a depth of 15.8 km.
In Surat, people started calling the fire department office to inquire about the earthquake. Sources in the district collector’s office said the epicentre of the earthquake was around 22 km away in the city’s Hazira area. It is near the coast and has several multinational companies.
As per the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), the state faces a high earthquake risk and has witnessed major incidents in 1819, 1845, 1847, 1848, 1864, 1903, 1938, 1956 and 2001.
The 2001 Kutch earthquake was the third largest and second most destructive earthquake in India over the last two centuries, killing more than 13,800 persons and leaving 1.67 lakh injured.
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