An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale has hit Maharashtra at 11.44 pm on Saturday.
The quake was of moderate intensity with its epicentre at Koyna area of Satara district, with the depth of 10 km. The quake was felt in a radius of 120 km from the epicentre. The districts of Sangli and Kolhapur of South Maharashtra also experienced these shocks.
Koyna is considered to be a seismically active zone. Mild tremors of 2.8 on the Richter scale were felt around Koyna and Patan taluka of Satara district on May 20. The residents from Tasgaon taluka of Sangli district said they felt the Earth shaking for about 5 to 8 seconds.
However, no casualties or damage to property has been reported so far.
India is distributed into four seismic zones of zone 2, zone 3, zone 4 and zone 5. Out of these zones, zone 5 is the most prone to earthquakes while, zone 2 has the lowest seismic levels.
If we consider the reports from the United Nations and World Bank, more than 200 million people living in Urban India will be exposed to earthquakes by the year 2050. This is because almost 54% of the land in India is prone to earthquakes.
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