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M3.8 Bodh Gaya Earthquake, 2008

Date:

6 June 2008 *7 June IST*

Epicentre:

E of Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Time:

21:16:34 UTC (02:46:34 IST)

Latitude:

24.702 N (PDE)

Longitude:

84.964 E (PDE)

Depth:

15 kms (IMD), 11 kms (PDE)

Magnitude:

Mb 3.8 (PDE); M? 4.3 (IMD)

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A mild (M3.0-M3.9 range termed as "mild") earthquake occurred in the Gaya region in south Bihar, on 7 June 2008 at 02:46 AM local time. It had a magnitude of Mb=3.8 and was felt in many parts of Gaya district resulting in minor damage. Further tremors were felt on the same day as well as on 9 June 2008.

The earthquake was centre
d 1.8 kms E of Bodh Gaya (Bihar), India,
10.7 kms S of Gaya (Bihar), India,
26.4 kms NE of Sherghati (Bihar), India,
44.1 kms WSW of Hisua (Bihar), India,
77.4 kms SW of Bihar Sharif (Bihar), India,
86.6 kms NNW of Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), India,
103 kms S of Patna (Bihar), India,
123 kms NE of Daltonganj (Jharkhand), India,
153 kms N of Ranchi (Jharkhand), India,
167 kms ESE of Munger (Bihar), India,
212 kms ESE of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), India.

If you felt this event, please take the time to fill out a felt report questionnaire. Two children were hurt in the Manpur area of Gaya. Tremors were felt in Gaya and in the surrounding rural areas of Gaya district at 02:46 AM. Tremors were felt at Gaya as well as at Atri, Gararu, Paraiya and Tankuppa in Gaya district. People residing along the banks of the Phalgu River felt the earthquake very distinctly. A few buildings at Buniyadganj in the Manpur area developed cracks. Power supply was also disrupted in the vicinity of Manpur station for 2-hours following the earthquake. According to felt reports received for this event, people were woken up with the tremors that were accompanied by a thundering sound. One observer felt a distinct "wavy" rocking motion. Another person near the Railway Station noted similar strong tremors that shook heavy furniture as well as woke up many people, some of whom went outdoors. Tremors have not been reported from the adjacent districts of Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Nalanda and Nawada in Bihar or from Chatra, Hazaribagh, Kodarma and Palamau in Jharkhand. Two slight tremors are thought to have been felt on the same morning, one a few minutes after the 2:45 AM main event and another around 03:30 AM IST.

Slight tremors were also felt in the Gaya region on 30 May 2008 at 11:45 PM. Tremors were again felt in Gaya and its neighbourhood on 9 June 2008 between 15:40 and 15:42 IST. A few old buildings developed cracks and people were frightened; some of this anxiety was due to this being the 4th time within 11-days that tremors were felt in the city. The dome of the Rama Janaki Temple in the Vishnupad area of the town developed a crack. According to felt reports received for this event, hanging objects were shaken lightly and many felt a slight trembling or swaying of their buildings. Standing water was disturbed, light & heavy furniture was shaken and the tremor was accompanied by a rumbling sound.


References
01) 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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