earthquake (M4.0-4.9 termed as mild) struck
Paschimi Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, on
26 March 2009 at
10:14 AM local time. It had a magnitude of Mb=4.1
and was felt in many parts of the Chhota Nagpur Plateau causing
a few injuries and some panic.
The earthquake was centred
9.9 kms SE of Chakradharpur (Jharkhand), India,
12 kms NW of Chaibasa (Jharkhand), India,
27 kms ESE of Saraikela (Jharkhand), India,
46.4 kms WNW of Bahalda (Orissa), India,
55 kms WSW of Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), India,
91.5 kms SSE of Ranchi (Jharkhand), India,
99.5 kms ENE of Raurkela (Orissa), India,
106 kms SW of Puruliya (West Bengal), India,
110 kms N of Keonjhargarh (Orissa), India,
160 kms SSE of Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), India,
217 kms NE of Sambalpur (Orissa), India.
Tremors were felt
strongly at Chaibasa where people ran outdoors in panic. At least
6 persons, including 5 students who were attempting year-end
examinations, were injured in a stampede at the Gyanchandra Jai Commerce College in Chaibasa.
Four of the injured were hospitalized but were discharged later in
the day. Cracks developed in buildings at Tungri and other places
in the town of Chaibasa. In nearby Chakradharpur, tremors were
felt at Itwari Bazaar, Potka, Pump Road and R. I. Colony. Tremors
were also felt at Kharsawan, Rajnagar and Saraikela as well as in
other parts of the districts of Paschimi and Purbi Singhbhum
including at Jamshedpur where it was lightly felt. In neighbouring
Orissa it was felt at at Bahalda in Mayurbhanj district.
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