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M4.3 Channapatna-Bangalore Earthquake, 2001


29 January 2001


SW of Hoganur, Karnataka


02:37:47 UTC (06:32:10 IST)


12.595 N (ISC)


77.220 E (ISC)


15.0 kms (ISC)


ML 4.3 (IMD)

Additional Info


A light earthquake struck Bengalooru and the adjoining areas, on 29 January 2001 at 08:46 AM local time causing considerable panic and minor damage to property in southern Karnataka, India. The earthquake had a magnitude of ML=4.3.

The earthquake was centred 1.7 kilometres SW of Hoganur (Karnataka), India,
6.6 kilometres SE of Channapatna (Karnataka), India,
22.2 kilometres WNW of Kanakapura (Karnataka), India,
33.7 kilometres ENE of Mandya (Karnataka), India,,

52.8 kilometres WSW of Anekal (Karnataka), India,
62.6 kilometres WSW of Bengalooru Airport, Bengalooru (Karnataka), India,
66.3 kilometres ENE of Mysooru (Karnataka), India,
146 kilometres NW of Salem (Tamil Nadu), India.

Minor damage occurred in some parts of Bengalooru and Kanakapura. Near 50 structures developed cracks and many people ran out into the open at Kanakapura. In Bengalooru, a building in Austin Town and another on Airport Road developed cracks.

Tremors were felt at J.P. Nagar, Basavanagudi, Adugodi, Yelahanka, Kumara Krupa Road, Rajajinagar, Vijayanagar, R.T. Nagar, Vidyaranyapuram, Indiranagar and many people rushed outdoors in these areas. Patients, staff and doctors of the Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital on Hospital Road in Shivajinagar rushed out of the premises when they sensed the vibrations. Several people claimed to have heard a loud sound followed by vibrations. People who was outdoors at the time of the tremor, felt a sensation of giddiness and nausea as the ground seemed to move briefly. Schools, colleges and some private companies closed for the day. Tremors were also felt in Bengalooru rural, Chamrajnagar, Kolar, Maddur, Mandya, Mangalooru, Mysooru, Ramanagara and Tumkur. People also rushed outdoors at Maddur, Mandya and Mysooru.

Large numbers of people collected outside their homes and offices as rumours spread of an "impending earthquake" later at noon. Employees working in Vidhana Soudha, Multistoreyed buildings, VV Towers, Coffee Board, High Court, Commercial Tax Offices off K.G. Road and district offices here were seen gathering outside the buildings. Several offices and business establishments in high-rise buildings on M.G. Road, Brigade Road, and in the old areas of the City wore a deserted look as the employees left the premises and milled around on roads and sidewalks. Advocates and litigants came out of the High Court building for some time. The Chief Justice, Mr. Venkataram Reddy, however, continued with the proceedings despite a plea by the advocates to adjourn the hearing.

The tremor was also reportedly preceded by a milder shock earlier on the morning of 29 January 2001, at around 2 am, and this was felt by some people in the Bengalooru area.

01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi.
04) Reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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