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M5.0 Bangina Earthquake, 2003


27 May 2003


W of Bangina, Uttarakhand


04:23:28 UTC (09:53:28 IST)  


30.555 N (ISC)


79.336 E (ISC)


28.9 kms (ISC)


Mb 5.0 (ISC), 4.9 (GS).

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A moderate earthquake struck the Gharwal Himalayas on 27 May 2003 at 09:53 AM local time. It had a magnitude of Mb=5.0 and was felt widely in the region.

The earthquake was centred 12.1 kilometres W of Bangina (Uttarakhand), India,
17.1 kilometres N of Chamoli (Uttarakhand), India,
21.3 kilometres W of Joshimath (Uttarakhand), India,
24.7 kilometres SW of Badrinath (Uttarakhand), India,
45.5 kilometres NE of Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand), India,
69.7 kilometres NE of Pauri (Uttarakhand), India,
109 kilometres NW of Almora (Uttarakhand), India,
126 kilometres E of Dehradun (Uttarakhand), India.

The earthquake was felt strongly in parts of the state of Uttarakhand. Many people fled into the open in panic. Three buildings in Joshimath and two at Chamoli, including a hospital and a dharamshala were damaged. Many buildings in the region developed cracks. There were also unconfirmed reports of building collapses in the rural parts of Chamoli district.

Strong tremors were also felt in the neighbouring districts of Tehri and Uttarkashi where there was panic among the residents. It was also felt in Hindav, Mandar, Bhudake and Nailchami in the Bansali area. Light tremors were experienced in the Srinagar area in Gharwal as well as in parts of the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh. The main shock followed a M3.5 event, which stuck the same region 11 minutes earlier. A mild aftershock of M2.9 was also felt in the same region at 10:42 UTC (16:12 local time). This is the strongest earthquake to hit this immediate region since March 1999, when a Mw=6.6 earthquake killed nearly 100 people in Chamoli district.

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

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