Two mild earthquakes jolt parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra

Gujarat, Apr 14: An earthquake measuring 4.5 on Richter scale hit Rapar Taluka area, Kutch, Gujarat with its epicenter on the Bhuj on Saturday at 8.53 am.

Tremors were felt across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Satara, Pune, Nashik, Solapur, Kolapur and Belgaum in Karnataka on Saturday, said reports. Tremors were felt in some parts of Saurashtra as well, said reports.

The epicenter of the earthquake in Western Maharashtra was Satara. No report of damage to property or life has been reported so far. 

"Earthquake in Mumbai!! Did you feel it... I did! Shutters and building shook twice for few seconds... All good here... all else?" tweeted Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Earlier, an earthquake measuring 8.9 on Richter scale hit Sumatra region, Indonesia. Quakes were also felt in Singapore, Thailand and was centered 33 km beneath the ocean.

A tsunami warning was issued to 28 countries following the earthquake, which was later withdrawn. 

Tremors were felt across Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar and several other cities situated on the eastern coast of India.

The Gujarat earthquake had its epicentre at Vamka taluka in Kutch, which is an active fault line, scientists at Institute of Seismological Research said.
The shocks were also felt in Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra, sources in the Meteorological department said. Tremors were also felt in parts of Karnataka bordering Maharashtra, including Belgaum and Gulbarga.

"These are too minor earthquakes. Small earthquakes occur in Indian subcontinents. There are various sources and mechanism of earthquakes. Scientific investigations needs to be still investigated," said RS Dattatreya, Director, Seismology Division, Meteorological Department.

No damage to life and property has been reported so far.

Among those who felt the tremors in Mumbai were megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who resides in suburban Juhu. "Earthquake in Mumbai ! Did you feel it.. I did..Shutters and building shook twice for few seconds," Mr Bachchan tweeted. 

Source : NDTV