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M4.3 Rajabhita Earthquake, 2003


10 August 2003


SE of Rajabhita, Jharkhand


00:39:48 UTC (06:09:48 IST)


23.884 N (ISC)


86.324 E (ISC)


10.0 kms (ISC)


Mb 4.3 (NEIC); ML 4.1 (IMD)

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A light earthquake struck eastern parts of the Chhota Nagpur Plateau in Jharkhand, on 20 October 2003 at 06:09 AM local time causing minor damage to some buildings and some panic the coal mining townships in and around Dhanbad. The earthquake had a magnitude of Mb=4.3.

The earthquake was centred 1.9 kilometres SE of Rajabhita (Jharkhand), India,
9.7 kilometres NNE of Katras (Jharkhand), India,
14.8 kilometres NW of Dhanbad (Jharkhand), India,
38.2 kilometres E of Bokaro (Jharkhand), India,
51.2 kilometres WNW of Kumardubi (West Bengal), India,
61.7 kilometres N of Puruliya (West Bengal), India,
116 kilometres NE of Ranchi (Jharkhand), India.

The earthquake was felt strongly at Koylanchal and the surrounding area in Dhanbad for 30-seconds accompanied by a rumbling sound. Doors and household articles rattled under the impact of the quake. Almost everyone who was asleep was woken up by the shock and many rushed out into the open. It was felt very distinctly by occupants of multi-storied buildings in the city. There was panic in the city and many people spent some time outdoors before heading back inside once again. No damage was reported from Dhanbad. Shocks were also felt strongly at Bokaro for 10-15 seconds. Many people ran outdoors in panic and a lot of commotion followed the tremor in the Ispatnagar area of the city. Minor cracks were reported from buildings in this area. Light tremors were also experienced in the capital city of Ranchi.

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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