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M6.1 North Indian Ocean Earthquake, 2001


2 September 2001


SSE of Hambantota, Sri Lanka


02:25:54 UTC (07:55:54 IST)


00.908 N (ISC)


82.471 E (ISC)


13.1 kms (ISC)


Mw 6.1 (NEIC; HRV)

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A strong earthquake occurred in the North Indian Ocean, on 2 September 2001 at 02:25 AM UTC and was felt in many parts of Sri Lanka and southern India. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.1.

The earthquake was centred 600 kilometres SSE of Hambantota, Sri Lanka,
625 kilometres SSE of Galle, Sri Lanka,
731 kilometres SSE of Colombo, Sri Lanka,
864 kilometres S of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
1000 kilometres SSE of Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), India,
1045 kilometres SE of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), India,
1066 kilometres ESE of Male, Maldives.

Tremors were felt along the western coast of Sri Lanka, including at Kalutara, Matugama, Avissawella, Panadura, Moratuwa, Kadawatha, Seeduwa, Boralasgamuwa, Battaramulla, Deniyaya, Randenigala, Karawanella and Dodangoda.  Several suburban areas in Matara, such as Paramulla, Polhena, Pamburana, Gabada  Veediya and Thuduwa had also experienced the earthquake. People in Meegoda, Watareka and Padukka in the Colombo District reported tremors. Light tremors were also felt in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) in India at the same time. Residents of the capital city said they heard windows rattling and felt furniture shaking

01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
02) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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