Quake rocks western Rajasthan, 3 injured

April 9th, 2009 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Western Rajasthan was jolted by a medium intensity earthquake early Thursday morning, a meteorological department official said.
The earthquake, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, was experienced in Jaisalmer and Barmer districts in western Rajasthan.

“At 7.17 a.m., tremors were felt in Jaisalmer, Barmer and other nearby areas for 15-20 seconds,” an India Meteorological Department seismologist said.

The Jaisalmer district collector said three people were injured in separate incidents. There were no reports of any deaths, the official said.

The earthquake occurred 33 km below the surface. Its epicentre was 27.1 degree north and 70.7 degree east.

“The tremors were really strong. It thankfully stopped in a little while and not much damage was done around here,” said Ramesh, a resident of Ramgarh in Jaisalmer district.

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