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
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 centred
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.
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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.
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.
tremors were also felt in the Gaya region on 30 May 2008 at 11:45
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.
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