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M4.1 Chakradharpur-Chaibasa Earthquake


26 March 2009


NW of Chaibasa, Jharkhand


04:44:09 UTC (10:14:09 IST)


22.677 N (PDE)


85.734 E (PDE)


10.0 kms (PDE)


Mb=4.1 (PDE), M? 3.8 (IMD)

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A light 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 centr
ed 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.

India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi.
02) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC/PDE), Golden, USA.
03) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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