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An measuring 5 on the Richter scale jolted many parts of in the wee hours on Wednesday but there were no reports of damage to property or loss of life.

A moderate earthquake was experienced on Wednesday which had the epicentre at 26 km South South-East of Dholavira in Kutch district.

Tremors were felt in , , , Jamnagar and Ahmedabad cities too, according to officials of Seismological department.

"Earlier a mild quake came. Then occurred the bigger jolt measuring 5 on Richter scale and it had the depth of 80 kms," Director General said.

"There were 27 aftershocks registered, in the magnitude of 1 to 3 on the Richter scale, and majority of them were in Kutch and Saurashtra region. But there are no reports of damage to property or the life," he said.

Residents of , which was devastated by a quake in 2001, rushed out of their homes in panic.

"In Ahmedabad also some people felt minor tremors but we have not received any panic calls," said Chief Fire Officer M F Dastur.

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