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M5.0 Shramthali Earthquake, 2007


29 October 2007


Shramthali area, Bagmati


09:49:22 UTC (15:34:22 NST)


27.900 N (NSC)


85.450 E (NSC)


33 kms (GSR)


ML 5.0 (NSC); Mb 4.7 (GSR)

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A strong earthquake struck the Kathmandu Valley in central Nepal, on 29 October 2007 at 15:34 PM local time. It had a magnitude of ML=5.0 and was felt strongly in the Kathmandu Valley region causing some panic.

The earthquake was centr
ed 5.8 kms NNW of Pati Bhanjyang (Bagmati), Nepal,
21.8 kms NNE of Tribhuvan International, Kathmandu (Bagmati), Nepal,
24.7 kms N kms SSE of Bhaktapur (Bagmati), Nepal,
30.3 kms NNW of Banepa (Bagmati), Nepal,
69.1 kms NNE of Hetaua (Narayani), Nepal,
113 kms NNE of Birganj (Narayani), Nepal,
122 kms WNW of Okhaldunga (Sagarmatha), Nepal,
148 kms ESE of Pokhara (Gandaki), Nepal,
154 kms N of Sitamarhi (Bihar), India,
199 kms NNW of Darbhanga (Bihar), India,
242 kms NE of Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), India

If you felt this earthquake please take the time to fill out a felt report questionnaire. Tremors were felt strongly throughout the Kathmandu Valley for 3-4 seconds, sending many people rushing out of their homes and offices. Many people indoors experienced a strong rocking motion, shaking heavy furniture  and frightening animals outdoors. Parliament proceedings in Kathmandu were disrupted when the earthquake struck as Ministers of Parliament, journalists and other persons present rushed for the exits while others raised their hands to draw the attention of the parliamentary Speaker to the occurrence of the tremor.

This is the strongest earthquake in the immediate vicinity of Kathmandu since a Mb=5.0 earthquake on 16 July 2001 that originated in the Nuwakat-Trisuli Bazaar region to the north-west of Kathmandu. The strongest earthquake to have originated in the neighbourhood of the Kathmandu Valley in the last thirty years was a Mw=5.2 event that occurred on 29 October 1988 with its epicentre near Gumthang to the east of Kathmandu. It was felt in many parts of central Nepal and even as far as Delhi, India.

01) National Seismological Centre (NSC), Kathmandu, Nepal.
Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GSR), Obninsk, Russia.
03) Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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