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
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.
International Seismological Centre (ISC),
Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
India Meteorological Department (IMD),
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the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.
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