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
and was felt in parts of western Maharashtra.
A milder foreshock at 10:36 AM resulted in one death at
Sayyedwadi in Ratnagiri district.
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.
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.