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
was centred 1.7
kilometres SW of Hoganur (Karnataka), India,
6.6 kilometres SE of Channapatna (Karnataka),
22.2 kilometres WNW of Kanakapura (Karnataka), India,
33.7 kilometres ENE of Mandya (Karnataka), India,,
52.8 kilometres WSW of Anekal (Karnataka),
62.6 kilometres WSW of Bengalooru Airport, Bengalooru (Karnataka),
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.
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