earthquake (M5.0-5.9 termed as moderate) struck
the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan on
9 April 2009 at
07:16 AM local time. It had a magnitude of Mw=5.1
and was felt
in a large part of the region along the India-Pakistan
The earthquake was centred
2 kms N of Mokal (Rajasthan), India,
16 kms SW of Gugadi (Rajasthan), India,
27 kms NW of Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), India,
38.5 kms ESE of Ramgarh (Rajasthan), India,
58.8 kms S of Bhuttewala (Rajasthan), India,
115 kms WNW of Pokaran (Rajasthan), India,
152 kms SSE of Rahimyar Khan (Punjab), Pakistan,
166 kms NNW of Barmer (Rajasthan), India,
200 kms ESE of Sukkur (Sindh), Pakistan,
241 kms WNW of Jodhpur (Rajasthan), India,
271 kms WSW of Bikaner (Rajasthan), India,
500 kms W of Jaipur (Rajasthan), India
656 kms SW of Connaught Place (Delhi), India.
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At least six people were injured
in the Jaisalmer area after being hit by
falling masonry or after jumping from buildings in panic.
was felt strongly for 15-30 seconds knocking out power at Jaisalmer,
displacing loose household items
people running outdoors; some jumped off the roofs of houses in
Students preparing to sit year-end examinations ran out of
examination centres. The walls or roofs of at least a dozen buildings
reportedly collapsed and at least 3,000 buildings developed cracks. Stones
from a wall inside the Sonar Killa near the Suraj Prol and fell near the entrance
of a school but no one was hurt. Stones were also dislodged near
the southern side of the fort. A decorative "chhatri" above the
Retiring Room on Platform 1 at the Railway station collapsed. The strongest
effects are reported to have been experienced in the Sheo Panchayant in Jaisalmer
district. Strong shocks were also perceived at Ramgarh in
Jaisalmer district and at Shiv tehsil in Barmer district. The
earthquake was felt at Barmer
where people went outdoors. Tremors were experienced at Bikaner, Fatehgarh,
Jaipur, Jalore, Jodhpur,
Khuiala, Mohangarh, Pokaran, Sankra, Sirohi, and Vinjorai. Outside Rajasthan, tremors were felt
in at Bhuj, Khavda and other parts of Kachchh in Gujarat and at
Hyderabad, Khairpur Mir, Sanghar, Sukkur and Umarkot in
Pakistan's Sindh province. Mild tremors were also felt in high-rise buildings
as far as Delhi, nearly 650 kilometres to the north-east.
This is the largest earthquake in this general area, as
well as in Rajasthan, since a Mw=5.4 earthquake near Jaisalmer on 8
November 1991 that caused some damage in the village of Konoi and
was felt as far as New Delhi. Southern and western parts of
Rajasthan were also affected by the
M7.7 2001 Bhuj earthquake that
caused some damage to buildings in the state, including the Sonar Killa in
Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Geophysical Survey of
the Russian Academy of Sciences (GSR),
03) Harvard Global CMT Catalogue (HRV), USA.
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the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.
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