An earthquake measuring 4.2 magnitude struck near Rapar, in Kutch district of Gujarat Wednesday morning. This was the biggest of the three tremors to strike the region in a space of less than three hours on a single day. The first of the tremors of 1.6 magnitude was felt around 7:56 am its epicenter was about 18 kilometers south-south-west of Rapar. The second jolt of 2.8 magnitude occurred around 10:29 am about 20 kilometers west-south-west of Rapar and the third measuring 4.2 had its epicenter 15 kilometers south-south-west of Rapar in the district.
Speaking about the series of tremors that occurred near Rapar on Wednesday morning, Dr Sumer Chopra, the director of Gandhinagar-based Institute of Seismological Research (ISR), which keeps a close watch on seismic activity across Gujarat, said, “This happens sometimes. Whenever we have earthquakes measuring 4.0 or 5.0, such nucleation phenomena can be seen. In the last 7-8 years, we have observed that Kutch records two or three earthquakes of 4.0 (or more) magnitude. This is the third one this year.”
In fact, if the entire state is taken into consideration, then Wednesday’s event was the fifth recorded earthquake measuring 4.0 or more on the Richter scale to have struck the state this year. The last earthquake measuring 4.0 or above on Richter scale was recorded at Bhachau in Kutch on September 24. Mangrol (4.4), Surat (4.7) and Bhachau (4.0).