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1/05/2008

Series of aftershocks rock Gir forest

India
A series of aftershocks, measuring 3.8 on the Richter, rocked parts of Junagadh district, including the Gir forest region, on Wednesday midnight. Tremors were felt in some parts of the adjoining district of Amreli, Porbandar and Bhavnagar. No casualty or major damage has been reported so far, official sources said, but people, nevertheless, took shelter in the open throughout the chilly night.

According to Junagadh district disaster management control room, the first tremor was reported at 00.04 am. Thereafter six more aftershocks with magnitude ranging between one and three were reported in the area, particularly in the Gir region throughout the night. The epicentre of the tremors was noticed near the worst affected Hiranvel village located on the periphery of Gir forest.

An earthquake of 5.1 magnitude struck Junagadh district on November 6 killing one and injuring several persons, besides damaging around 200 houses. The Gir region has been experiencing a series of mild tremors every day since then. According to officials, Talala town and nearby villages have experienced not less than 300 tremors till date.

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