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M5.1 Mokal Earthquake


9 April 2009


E of Mokal, Rajasthan


01:46:58 UTC (07:16:58 IST)


27.130 N (NEIC)


70.769 E (NEIC)


43.3 kms (NEIC)


Mw=5.1 (HRV), 5.6 (GSR)

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A moderate 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 border.

The earthquake was centr
ed 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. This earthquake was felt strongly for 15-30 seconds knocking out power at Jaisalmer, displacing loose household items and sending people running outdoors; some jumped off the roofs of houses in panic. 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 were dislodged 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 Jaisalmer.

01) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GSR), Obninsk, Russia.
03) Harvard Global CMT Catalogue (HRV), USA.
Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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