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M5.3 Kithar Earthquake, 2002


28 January 2002


WSW of Kithar, J & K


22:33:42 UTC (04:03:42 IST)


33.100 N (ISC)


75.987 E (ISC)


30.8 kms (ISC)


Mw 5.3 (HRV); ML=5.1 (IMD)

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A moderate earthquake struck southern Jammu & Kashmir and adjoining parts of Himachal Pradesh, on 28 January 2002 at 04:03 AM local time. It had a magnitude of Mw=5.3 and was felt strongly in parts of the region.

The earthquake was centred
3.5 kms WSW of Kithar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
10.7 kms NE of Bhargi (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
29.4 kms ENE of Bhadarwah (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
45.8 kms SE of Mughal Maidan (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
61.4 kms NNW of Chamba (Himachal Pradesh), India,
82.5 kms ENE of Udhampur (Himachal Pradesh), India,
101 kms NNW of Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), India,
156 kms SSE of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
191 kms SW of Leh (Jammu & Kashmir), India.

Strong tremors were felt at Baijnath and Palampur, in Himachal Pradesh where many people ran outdoors. Two mild aftershocks were felt; one at 5:10 AM and at a M2.8 at 8:58 AM. The quake was also felt at Mandi, waking many people up and rattling windows and doors. The tremors were also felt at Banikhet, Chamba and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.

The earthquake was also felt in Jammu & Kashmir as well as far as Lahore in Pakistan. No major damage or injuries were reported as a result of this earthquake.

International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
03) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel

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