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M4.5 Shahpura Earthquake, 2003


10 August 2003


E of Shahpura, Rajasthan


11:17:55 UTC (16:47:55 IST)


27.378 N (ISC)


75.981 E (ISC)


10.0 kms (ISC)


Mb 4.5 (NEIC); ML 4.4 (IMD).

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A light earthquake struck the district of Jaipur in north-eastern Rajasthan, on 10 August 2003 at 16:47 PM local time causing minor damage to some buildings and some panic in parts of Rajasthan & Haryana. The earthquake had a magnitude of Mb=4.5.

The earthquake was centred 2.6 kilometres E of Shahpura (Rajasthan), India,
21.6 kilometres NW of Pratapgarh (Rajasthan), India,
44.4 kilometres SSE of Nim-ka-thana (Rajasthan), India,
55.2 kilometres NNE of Jaipur (Rajasthan), India,
74.4 kilometres S of Narnaul (Haryana), India,
89 kilometrese ESE of Sikar (Rajasthan), India,
170 kilometres NE of Ajmer (Rajasthan), India.
185 kilometres SW of Connaught Place, Delhi (NCR), India.

Strong tremors were felt in the districts of Alwar, Jaipur and Sikar in north-eastern Rajasthan. The balcony of a house at Pawta near Jaipur, collapsed during the shock. Birds and animals were frightened. In Jaipur, tremors were felt for 5-25 seconds and many people left their houses for the safety of the roads. It was felt strongly throughout Alwar, including in Shastrinagar, Scheme Number 5 Colony, Suryanagar and the Bhrachari area. Doors and windows rattled and in one instance an air conditioner was so strong shaken that its owner thought that it would fall off the wall. The shock was strong enough to overturn a cup of tea in a house in the Scheme Number Five colony of the city and to knock over a glass standing on the top of a refrigerator in the Sanjay Colony area. Some buildings in Alwar also developed cracks. Furniture was shaken strongly. People ran out onto the roads in panic. Many shopper at the UIET shopping complex ran out of the building. There was commotion in the Bajaja Bazaar area and many came outdoors.

Tremors were also felt in other parts of the state of Rajasthan, including at Ajitgadh, Chirana and Dilwara (Shekhavati) but no damage was reported here these areas. At Ajitgadh it was felt for 5-seconds, household articles rattled and a loud rumbling was heard, which caused some people to run outdoors. At Chirana it was felt for 30-seconds, shutters of buildings and kitchen utensil were shaken. At Dilwara it was felt for 2-seconds along with a loud rumbling, once again causing many to run outdoors. At Malakheda and other parts of the district and people went outdoors. Shocks were experienced in Shahjahanpur and Nimrana for around 3-seconds. One report stated that peacocks began to cry and came down from trees following the quake. At Bansur, doors and windows of tin sheds and buildings were rattled. Many went outdoors and stayed there for fear of more tremors. It was also felt at Bharatpur and Kotputli.

In the state of Haryana, the tremors were experienced at Ateli, Nangal Chaudhari, Narnaul and Rewadi. Many people ran outside in Ateli and Nangal Chaudhari. Doors and windows of buildings as well as tin shutters and roofs of some buildings and commercial establishments in Ateli rattled under the impact of the quake. Many shop owners in the "Mandi" (market) ran into the open when this happened. Tremors were felt to a lesser extent in Nangal and Narnaul, though a few people did go outdoors in Narnaul. Light tremors were also felt in Delhi in the National Capital Territory and the surrounding areas, enough to prompt breaking news alerts on a few television stations.

01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
02) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi.
04) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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