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M4.6 Idukki-Painavu Earthquake, 2001

Date:

8 January 2001

Epicentre:

SW of Puduveli, Kerala

Time:

02:55:59 UTC (08:25:59 IST)

Latitude:

9.801 (ISC)

Longitude:

76.548 E (ISC)

Depth:

25.4 kms (ISC)

Magnitude:

Mw 4.6 (IMD); ML 4.8 (IMD)

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A light earthquake struck the Kottayam region in Kerala, India, on 7 January 2001 at 08:25 AM local time resulting in two deaths and some damage to property in parts of central Kerala. It had a magnitude of Mw=4.6 and was felt for close to 27-seconds in parts of the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The earthquake was centred 5.8 kilometres SW of Puduveli (Kerala), India,
18.8 kilometres NW of Palai (Kerala), India,
22.7 kilometres NNE of Kottayam (Kerala), India,

41.5 kilometres SE of Kochi (Kerala), India,
41.7 kilometres NE of Alaphuza (Kerala), India,
46.3 kilometres W of Idukki (Kerala), India
,
141 kilometres SSW of Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), India,
151 kilometres NNW of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), India.

T
wo people were killed and 10 injured in this earthquake. A 68-year old man, Ericadu Vasu, died of a heart attack at Puthupally, near Kottayam, Kerala after panicking when he felt the shock. In Tamil Nadu, a wall collapsed at Kadayam, crushing a 2-year old child to death and injuring 2 others. Seven persons were injured at Vayala in Kottayam district when the broken asbestos sheets of a church fell on the congregation attending Sunday Mass. The sheets shattered when the cross on the roof broke loose and fell upon them. In another case, a woman at Anikad near Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district was injured by falling roof tiles.

The main earthquake was felt in Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Ernakulam districts of southern Kerala. Patients from a block in the Kottayam Medical College Hospital ran out in fear. People at Nedumkandam in Idukki district said the tremor was stronger and much longer in duration as compared to the tremor on 12 December 2000. Cracks developed in buildings in several places in Kerala, including at Ponnmudi, Thenmala and Idukki. Panic gripped pilgrims who have converged at Sabarimala for the coming Makaravilaku festival, when the quake hit. The floor of the police barracks at Sabarimala developed fissures while the asbestos roof of the government hospital at Sannidhanam fell down. Two buildings near the Malikappuram Devi temple, functioning as the police barracks and mess, developed hairline cracks. The pillars of the building housing the Devaswom Cloak Room, on the banks of Pampa river, also developed cracks.

This tremor was also felt in Tamil Nadu at Theni, Virudhunagar, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli in the south and at Coimbatore and Nilgiris in the west. The quake lasted 27 seconds at Bodinaickanur town and the surrounding areas, while at Thekkadi, near where the Mullaperiyar dam is situated, it lasted 14 seconds. In Tuticorin and its suburbs, the tremors lasted five seconds, and it was also felt at Pollachi and areas in and around Coimbatore.

A mild aftershock was felt around 9 AM local time lasting between 2-10 seconds. There were reports of repeated tremors in Erattupetta which forms part of Kottayam district.


References
01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
02)
India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi.
03) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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