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M5.1 Gothna Earthquake, 2009


12 December 2009


W of Gothna, Maharashtra


11:51:26 UTC (16:21:26 IST)


17.126 N (PDE)


73.832 E (PDE)


10 kms (PDE)


Mb=5.1 (PDE), 5.3 (GSR)

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A moderate earthquake (M5.0-5.9 termed as moderate) occurred in the Warna region in south-western Maharashtra on 12 December 2009 at 17:21 PM local time. It had a preliminary magnitude of Mb=5.1 was felt for several seconds in much of western Maharashtra resulting in some damage.

If you felt this earthquake please take the time to report it from your location. 

The earthquake was centred 2.7
kms W of Gothna (Maharashtra), India,
17.7 kms N of Chandoli (Maharashtra), India,
25.5 kms NW of Malkapur (Maharashtra), India,
34.6 kms NW of Shirala (Maharashtra), India,
40.8 kms WSW of Karad (Maharashtra), India,
59.4 kms ENE of Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), India,
63 kms NW of Kolhapur (Maharashtra), India,
65.8 kms SSW of Satara (Maharashtra), India,
90.6 kms SSE of Mahabaleshwar (Maharashtra), India,
156 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.

Given the size of this earthquake, damage was relatively light. The walls of three buildings collapsed, one each, at Jinti, Murudwadi and Sadu Deenu Debe in the Kasani region of Satara district. Houses and a school were damaged at Navja.

Tremors were also felt in other parts of western Maharashtra in the districts of Kolhapur, Pune, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Satara, Sindhudurg and Thane. This earthquake was felt strongly in the Warnawati region and in the Panhala and Shirala tehsils in Kolhapur district. At Koynanagar in Satara district it was felt for close to 12-seconds. Strong tremors were also felt at Chiplun but lightly at Guhagar, Mandangad and Sangammeshwar in Ratnagiri district.  In the city of Kolhapur, windows and doors rattled while in a few instances, kitchen utensils fell from shelves. In Satara district, it was felt at Satara and Karad among other places. There was some panic in Jawali, Khandala, Khatav, Koregaon and Satara. In the Pune region, it was felt widely throughout the city of Pune including at Baner, Camp, Dhole Patil Road, Katraj, Koregaon Park and at Pune University as well as in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area. In Mumbai, it was felt by the occupants of high-rise buildings in different parts of the city including at Gorai, Santa Cruz and in south Mumbai. It was also felt at Bondale, Osmanabad and Ratnagiri as well as in the districts of Dharashiv and Solapur. Light tremors were also felt in Hubli in north Karnataka.

The earthquake was felt at Anjani and Vilavade in Ratnagiri district as a result of which train services on the Konkan Railway were halted while safety checks were carried out on railway infrastructure. The Matsyagandha Express, Holiday Special and the Netravati Express trains were held up; the Matsyagandha Express was stopped at Mangaon while the Netravati Express was stopped at Chiplun.

Two light aftershocks were recorded at 21:55 IST on 12 December and 03:24 IST on 13 December. The first, a magnitude 4.0, was felt in Warna region and even as far as Pune. The second event had a magnitude of 4.1.

This is the second earthquake in this immediate region within a month. On 14 November 2009, a ML=4.8 earthquake occurred to the south-west of this latest earthquake and caused some damage in the districts of Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli apart from being felt widely in western Maharashtra, north Karnataka and in Goa.

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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