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M4.9 Kanini Earthquake, 2009


20 May 2009


W of Kanini, J & K


19:29:50 UTC (00:59:50 IST)


33.202 N (NEIC)


75.793 E (NEIC)


25.9 kms (NEIC)


Mb 4.9 (NEIC), 5.1 (GSR)

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A light (M4.0-4.9 termed as "light") earthquake struck southern Jammu & Kashmir and adjoining parts of Himachal Pradesh, on 20 May 2009 at 00:59 AM local time. It had a magnitude of Mb=4.9 and damage in parts of the region.

The earthquake was centred 2 kms W of Kanini
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
8.6 kms NE of Khandkot
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
13.1 kms SSE of Kishtwar
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
24 kms ENE of Doda
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
26.6 kms NE of Bhadarwah
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
41 kms S of Haraz
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
63.8 kms NE of Ramnagar
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
78 kms NW of Chamba (Himachal Pradesh), India,
83.4 kms SE of Anantnag
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
105 kms NE of Jammu
(Jammu & Kashmir), India,
136 kms SE of Srinagar
(Jammu & Kashmir), India.

Strong tremors were felt for 10-seconds in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and Rajouri in Jammu & Kashmir where people ran into the open and spent the night outdoors. There was considerable panic at Doda and Kishtwar. Many people only returned to their houses in the morning at Bhadarwah and Doda as aftershocks were felt thrice throughout the night including one at ~1:30 AM IST (~20:00 UTC). Light tremors were also felt at Jammu & Udhampur. At least 100 houses developed cracks and a few kutcha houses collapsed at Bonjwan, Chatroo, Dool, Drabshala, Paddar, Salana, Sarthal, Saroor and Titani in the Kishtwar region as a result of this earthquake. Damage was greatest in the Paddar and Kishtwar tehsils including at Bonjwan and Sarthal. At Sarthal alone, 25 houses were damaged. A guest house at the Sarthal Devi shrine and a mosque at Drabshala developed cracks. A room in a school at Drabshala was also damaged. Damage is also believed to have been sustained by school and government buildings. No injuries were reported as a result of this earthquake from any districts in Jammu & Kashmir. Likewise, with the exception of Kishtwar district, no damage was reported from any district in the state.

This is the strongest earthquake in southern Jammu & Kashmir since a Mb=4.9 earthquake on 19 December 2002. Earlier, on 28 January 2002, a Mw=5.3 earthquake occurred near Kithar, also in southern Jammu & Kashmir that was felt as far as Lahore in Pakistan.

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

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