Chiplun चिपलुन (CHI): Konkan Railway (KR), which runs through one of the earthquake-prone regions of the country, was on Wednesday hit by an earthquake measuring 3.2 on Richter scale. According to officials, a few stations in the Chiplun-Ukshi section on Ratnagiri Division of Konkan Railway experienced tremors around 7:33am.
“The quake was reported by station masters of Kamathe, Savarda, Ukshi and Sangameshwar stations. However, no damage was done to any of the engineering structures on the route due to the quake,” said a KR statement. Officials said that immediately on getting information about the quake, local KR officials inspected all the engineering structures in the section concerned and reported that tracks, cuttings, tunnels and bridges were safe.
As a result of the quake, train no. 12432 Rajdhani Express was stopped in the section for 35 minutes, 12617 Mangala Express was stopped for about an hour, and 19577 Tiruvelveli-Hapa Express for 45 minutes.
The trains were restarted on getting Track Fit Certificate at 9:20am, said the KR statement.
According to the website of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Maharashtra and adjoining regions are prone to earthquakes of moderate magnitude as can be seen from the experience of several years. Koyna regions experiences the maximum number of tremors in Maharashtra.
Earthquakes in Maharashtra show major alignment along the west coast and western ghats region. Seismic activity can be seen near Ratnagiri, along the western coast, Koyna Nagar and Bhatsa and Surya areas of Thane district, the NDMA website states.