Earthquake in Maharashtra Today: An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck Dahanu in Palghar at 11.14 am on Friday morning. It was felt over a large area, Dahanu Tehsildar Rahul Sarang said. No loss of life was reported. The depth of the quake was 5 km.
Several people, meanwhile, took to social media to report the same.
Since November 2018, the region has been hit by some 30 low-intensity earthquakes — Friday’s is the strongest so far at 4.3 on the Richter scale. Due to the quakes, over 10,000 residents of 40 villages have moved out of their homes into tents erected by the district administration and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
According to data, it could be an “earthquake swarm”, a series of many (sometimes thousands) low-intensity earthquakes without a discernible main shock that can occur over weeks in active geothermal areas. Seismologists are wary of drawing a definite conclusion without more data.
Meanwhile, another earthquake of 3.3 magnitude hit Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh at 11.40 am.