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M3.3 Latehar-Lohardaga bdr. reg. Earthquake, 2007


21 March 2007


N of Balumath, Jharkhand


16:34:35 UTC (10:04:35 IST)


23.900 N (IMD)


84.800 E (IMD)


39.0 kms (IMD)


M? 3.3 (IMD)

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A mild earthquake struck the adjacent border regions of the districts of Latehar and Lohardaga, Jharkhand, on 21 March 2007 at 22:04 PM local time. It had a magnitude of M?=3.3 and was felt in many parts of the Chhota Nagpur Plateau causing minor damage.

The earthquake was centr
ed 7.6 kms N of Balumath (Jharkhand), India,
25.1 kms NNE of Chandwa (Jharkhand), India,
34.9 kms NE of Latehar (Jharkhand), India,
53.2 kms NNE of Lohardaga (Jharkhand), India,
77.2 kms ESE of Daltonganj (Jharkhand), India,
81.9 kms NW of Ranchi (Jharkhand), India,
102 kms SSW of Gaya (Bihar), India.
120 kms W of Bokaro (Jharkhand), India,
167 kms W of Dhanbad (Jharkhand), India,
190 kms NW of Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), India

Tremors were felt strongly at Kuru in Latehar district and woke up many people who were asleep. A few people were reportedly "thrown off" their beds. In parts of Lohardaga district it was experienced for a duration of 5-seconds. Doors and windows rattled under the impact of the tremor and people went outdoors. In Lohardaga, cracks developed in the walls of hostel and other buildings of the Ursuline Woman's Teacher's Training College and many window panes cracked. The strongest tremors were felt in northern parts of Lohardaga town. Houses were shaken at Brahani and Sikni in the Chandwa area of Latehar district. It was also felt for 10-12 seconds at Balumath, Chandwa & Latehar in Latehar district. Here, it was accompanied by the sound of a train and loose objects rattled. A 5-foot crack is thought to have developed outside a house in Chandwa. Elsewhere in the district it was felt at Barwadih, Garu, Mahuadanr and Manika. Many people spent the night outdoors fearing a stronger earthquake would follow. At Chatra, in the district of the same name, people heard doors & windows as well as household articles rattling. Light tremors were felt as far as at Gumla & Sisai in Gumla district, at Bhurkunda (including PTPS), Patratu in Hazaribagh district, Khilari, Mandar & Ranchi in Ranchi district. No damage or injuries have been reported as a result of this earthquake.

Rumours of another stronger earthquake at 2 A.M. the following morning resulted in widespread panic in the region. Many people spent the entire night outdoors in the aforementioned areas. In Ranchi, patients were brought out of the hospitals and elsewhere in the region announcements were made from mosques to alert people. Panic spread in areas of adjoining districts, including those that did not experience such as Bhawanathpur, Bishnupur (Gumla), Daltonganj (Palamau), Jhumri Telaiya (Hazaribagh), Hazaribagh, Ramgarh Cantonment and Simdega.

India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi.
02) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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