Earthquake measuring 5.1 shakes western India

15 March 2005 | 12:19 Code : 4812 Geoscience events
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A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 shook the town of Koyna in western India and was also felt in India’s financial capital Bombay on Monday, the Indian weather office said.
A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 shook the town of Koyna in western India and was also felt in India’s financial capital Bombay on Monday, the Indian weather office said. Police in Koyna and in Bombay said there were no reports of damage.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The earthquake occurred at 3.14 pm (0944 GMT), said R.S. Dattatrayam, director of seismology in the Indian Meteorological Department in New Delhi.

The department had initially estimated the earthquake at a magnitude 4.7. Bombay is the capital of Maharashtra state, scene of major quakes in the past.Bombay’s Sensex stock index fell on news of the earthquake, extending an earlier loss to close 0.8 percent lower on the day.Koyna is about 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of Bombay and has a population of about 2,500. The Koyna region has a population of approximately 20,000.It was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of about 7.0 in December 1967, causing about 200 deaths.It is also the site of the Koyna Dam and Reservoir but police in Koyna said preliminary reports showed no damage to the structure.The department said the quake’s epicentre was 17.2 degrees north latitude and 73.7 degrees east longitude and it lasted 17 seconds.About 10,000 people died in the Latur region in Maharashtra state when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck in September 1993. Latur is about 300 kilometres east of Koyna. 


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