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M4.8 Gothna Earthquake, 2009


14 November 2009


W of Gothna, Maharashtra


13:03:33 UTC (18:33:33 IST)


17.109 N (NGRI)


73.788 E (NGRI)


9.6 kms (NGRI)


ML=4.8 (NGRI), Mb 5.0 (GSR)

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A light earthquake (M4.0-4.9 termed as light) occurred in the Warna region, south-western Maharashtra on 14 November 2009 at 18:33 PM local time. It had a preliminary magnitude of ML=4.8 and has caused some damage in the epicentral region. The shock was felt for several seconds in much of western Maharashtra, Goa and north Karnataka.

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The earthquake was centred 2.7
kms W of Gothna (Maharashtra), India,
16 kms NNW of Chandoli (Maharashtra), India,
26 kms NNW of Malkapur (Maharashtra), India,
37.7 kms WNW of Shirala (Maharashtra), India,
45.5 kms WSW of Karad (Maharashtra), India,
54.6 kms ENE of Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), India,
64.8 kms NW of Kolhapur (Maharashtra), India,
68.7 kms SSW of Satara (Maharashtra), India,
91.7 kms SSE of Mahabaleshwar (Maharashtra), India,
157 kms S of Pune (Maharashtra), India,
159 kms NNW of Belgaum (Karnataka), India,
180 kms N of Panaji (Goa), India,
229 kms SSE of Churchgate, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India.

At least 46 walls collapsed (if available, numbers in parenthesis) in the Dhebewadi-Karad-Patan taluka region. The most damage was reported from the Dhebewadi area at Chorgewadi (1), Chorgewadi-Kalgaon (3), Dhamini (3), Kamini (1), Kasani (8), Kasani-Dhangarwada (2), Kohlekarwadi (1), Manechiwadi (2), Modakwadi-Jinti (1), Nivi (2), Palshi (1), Salve (3), Sanbur (1), Sarva Panire (7), Sutarwadi (1), Umar Kanchan (1) and Varche Ghotil (1). In Shirala taluka, a wall collapsed at Kalamwadi. Wall collapses were also reported from Abrang (1), Bicholi, Karle, Mahind, Patharwadi (4) Patilwadi, Shivdeshwar (1), Shindewadi (1) and Udhavne in Karad and Patan talukas. Several houses were damaged at Bhosgaon, Dhebewadi, Helwak, Kalgaon, Karpewadi, Karul, Malhar Peth, Patan, Shidrukwadi, Yelewadi. At Sagav in Shirala taluka, a badly constructed masonry wall of a cattle shed collapsed.

Strong tremors were felt in the vicinity of the Warna Dam as well as in Shahuwadi and Shirala talukas. At Amba, Kupwad, Sangli, Sonhira and Warnawati people ran outdoors in panic. The flow of traffic was momentarily disrupted at Kupwad as people gathered on the roads fearing aftershocks. At Kadegaon, people ran outdoors and articles in shops were overturned. Tremors were also felt at Vita. In the Malkapur area tremors were felt at Malkapur as well as at Bambawade, Badasgaon, Kapshi and Yelwan Jugai. There was some panic at Ichalkaranji and Pethwadgaon. Strong tremors were also felt at Chiplun, Karad, Patan and Shirala. The 2619 (Down) Mumbai to Mangalore Matsyagandha Express was stopped at Khed on the Konkan Railway while safety checks were carried out on the line.

Tremors were widely felt in western Maharashtra, north Karnataka and in Goa. In Maharashtra, it was strongly felt in Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts. In Satara, where tremors were felt during a load-shedding power cut, people ran outdoors in pitch darkness. In Sangli district, tremors were felt at Bangni, Belanki, Etwade Budruk, Islampur, Kadamwadi, Konganoli, Nerle, Palus, Sagav, Salgare, Santoshwadi, Shipur, Vategaon and Yedenipani, where utensils as well as roof tiles were heard rattling. In Kolhapur city some people ran outdoors in panic. In Pune, tremors were felt throughout the city including at Anandnagar, Aundh, Balajinagar, Baner, Bhosale Nagar, Camp, Chandannagar, Dhankawadi, Dhayari, Erandwane, Fergusson College Road, Ghorpuri, Kalyaninagar, Karvenagar, Katraj, Kharadi, Kondhwa, Kothrud, Law College Road, Malwadi, Mundhwa, NIBM Road, Parvati, Pashan, S.P. College, Sahakarnagar, Sinhagad Road, Vithalwadi, Wadgaon Budruk and Yerwada. At several places in the city, the occupants of high-rise buildings went outdoors as a precautionary measure. Elsewhre in the state of Maharashtra, tremors were felt at Ahmednagar, Dapoli, Karad, Khed, Kolhapur, Koynanagar, Mahad, Malshiras, Miraj, Natepute, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pophali, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sangamner, Solapur, Thane, Valva and Zavli. In Mumbai, tremors were felt in high-rise buildings in several parts of the city including Dadar, Fort, Malad, Mulund, Santa Cruz and Vasai.

The earthquake also felt on the upper floors of buildings in Belgaum in Karnataka and in many parts of Goa including the capital, Panaji.

The main earthquake at 18:33 IST was followed by a ML=3.9 aftershock that was perceptible as far as Pune in the north. The event at 18:33 IST is the strongest earthquake in this magnitude range this year in the Koyna-Warna region. The last earthquake in this magnitude range, a Mb=4.9 on 17 September 2008, caused at least one death and significant damage in the districts of Kolhapur, Pune, Sangli and Satara.

01) National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India.
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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