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M4.3 Gokul-Waghini Earthquake, 2008


29 July 2008


S of Helwak, Maharashtra


19:11:01 UTC (00:41:01 IST)


17.324 N (NGRI)


73.747 E (NGRI)


3.2 kms (NGRI)


Mb=4.3 (PDE), M?=4.2 (IMD)

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A light earthquake (M4.0-4.9 termed as light) occurred in the Koyna region of south-western Maharashtra on 30 July 2008 at 00:41 AM local time. The earthquake centred in the Gokul-Waghini area had a magnitude of Mb=4.3 causing some damage, minor injuries and was felt in several parts of the region including as far as Mumbai & Nashik.

The earthquake was centred 5 kms S of Helwak (Maharashtra), India,
9.1 kms SSW of Koynanagar (Maharashtra), India,
17 kms W of Patan (Maharashtra), India,
32.6 kms SE of Chiplun (Maharashtra), India,
45.8 kms WNW of Karad (Maharashtra), India,
46.7 kms SW of Satara (Maharashtra), India,
67.2 kms SSE of Mahabaleshwar (Maharashtra), India,
84.6 kms NNW of Kolhapur (Maharashtra), India,
101 kms NW of Sangli (Maharashtra), India,
134 kms S of Sangam, Pune (Maharashtra), India,
183 kms NNW of Belagaavi (Karnataka), India,
204 kms SSE of Churchgate, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India,
218 kms SSE of CSIA Airport, Santa Cruz, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India,
298 kms S of Nashik (Maharashtra), India.

If you felt this earthquake please take the time to fill out a felt report questionnaire.  Four incidents of the collapse of mud walls were reported from Khonoli (Chaphal area), Kolne (Helwak area), Palshi (Dhebewadi area) and Patharpunj (Helwak area) in Patan taluka of Satara district. Many old walls in Patan taluka developed fresh cracks as a result of this earthquake including at Ambeghar, Dhicholi, Ghatmatha, Kamargaon, Malay, Maneri, Punavali, Taliye, Zhadoli in the vicinity of the Koyna Dam as well as in the Kasani-Dhebewadi area. Cracks also developed in walls of an older building of a primary school at Ving. The tremor was strongly felt in Patan taluka for 30-seconds and was accompanied by a rumbling noise sending many people running outdoors. Some panic ensued as people attempted to run outdoors despite heavy rain after being woken up and a few sustained minor injuries. Tremors were also felt in the vicinity of the Chandoli (Warna) Dam to the south of Koyna.

Tremors from this earthquake have been felt widely in western Maharashtra in the districts of Mumbai (Urban & Suburban), Kolhapur, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara and Sindhudurg. In Satara district, tremors were felt in the Koyna region including in the vicinity of the Koyna Dam as well at Karad, Mahabaleshwar and Satara. People woke up and ran outdoors at Karad while in Satara town damage was reported to a building in the Shaniwar Peth area. In Kolhapur district, tremors were strong displacing kitchen utensils and in many places, people ran out into the open despite heavy rain falling at the time. In Ratnagiri district, windows and kitchen utensils rattled at Alore, Chilpun, Dapoli, Khed, Pophali and in Ratnagiri town. In Pune district tremors were felt in Pune city and at Lonavala. In Pune city, tremors were felt rattling windows at many places including Aundh, Budhwar Peth, Camp, Dunkirk Lines, Ghorpuri, Hinjewadi, the Karvenagar-Navsahyadri area, Narayan Peth, Sanghvi, Senapati Bapat Road, NIBM Road-Kondhwa area, Kothrud, Shanivar Peth, Sinhagad Road, Wadgaonsheri and Yerwada. According to felt reports received from Pune, tremors in the city were mild, lasted between 5-10 seconds and visibly shook light furniture. In the Ghorpuri area, buildings were shaken rattling windows & kitchen utensils. In Mumbai, tremors were felt in high-rise buildings at Andheri, Bandra, Chembur, Khar, the Orlem-Liberty Garden area of Malad and at Juhu. It was also felt at Panvel and as far Nashik.

01) National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India.
India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi, India.
National Earthquake Information Centre, Golden, CO, USA (NEIC/PDE).
04) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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