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M4.1 Koyna-Warna Earthquake, 2003


27 March 2003


SW of Warna, Maharashtra


06:18:25 UTC (11:48:25 IST)


17.379 N (IMD)


73.803 E (IMD)


15 kms (NEIC)


ML 4.1 (IMD); Mb 3.5 (IMD)

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A light earthquake struck the Koyna-Warna region in Maharashtra, India, on 27 March 2003 at 11:48 AM local time causing minor damage to property in Patan taluka. The earthquake had a magnitude of ML=4.1 and was felt in parts of western Maharashtra. A milder foreshock at 10:36 AM resulted in one death at Sayyedwadi in Ratnagiri district.

The earthquake was centred 8.1 kms SW of Warnawati (Maharashtra), India,
27.6 kms S of Humbarna (Maharashtra), India,
44.5 kms S of Koynanagar (Maharashtra), India,
51.4 kms SW of Karad (Maharashtra), India,
56 kms NE of Kolhapur (Maharashtra), India,
169 kms S of Sangam, Pune (Maharashtra), India,
254 kms SSE of Santa Cruz Airport (Maharashtra), India.

The earthquake was strongly felt in the Koyna region, in the villages of Bahule, Dhebewadi, Divashi Budruk, Garwade, Kale, Kelewadi, Korewale, Marul Haveli and Papde. In the town of Patan the walls of some buildings developed cracks. The shock was also felt strongly in the Chandoli area, to the south of Koyna. There was widespread panic in the above mentioned areas and many people ran outdoors in fear. The tremor was also felt at Alore, Chiplun, Dapoli, Karad, Khed and Satara. In Khed, it was felt at Ambadas, Bhelsai and Sakharpa.

The ML=4.1 event was preceeded by a ML=3.0 event at 10:36 AM IST. It was during this event, at Sayyedwadi (Pophali, Chiplun Taluka), the wall of a pond under construction collapsed killing a 7-year old girl (Neelima Chittanand Malagi, hailing from Bijapur, Karnataka) and injuring a 15-year old boy (Mutanna Ramanna Hudali, hailing from Bijapur, Karnataka). They were playing near the construction site when the tremor struck and caused the wall to collapsed. Both were dug out of the debris unconscious and were rushed to a local hospital, where the 7-year old died of her injuries. This was confirmed by the police at Alore, who registered the death.

01) India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi.
02) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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