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M5.8 Myanmar-Manipur Earthquake, 2009


4 September 2009 *local time*


W of Minya, Sagaing


19:51:08 UTC (01:21:08 IST)  


24.381 N (NEIC)


94.712 E (NEIC)


97.6 kms (NEIC)


Mw 5.8 (NEIC); Mb=6.0 (GSR)

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A moderate earthquake struck the Myanmar-Manipur border, on 4 September 2009 at 01:21 IST (or 02:51 BDST). The earthquake had a magnitude of Mw=5.8 and would have been felt at many places north-east India and Bangladesh.

If you felt this earthquake in India, Bangladesh or Myanmar, please let us know!

The earthquake was centred 8 kms E of Minya (Sagaing), Myanmar,
30 kms SE of Shwelobo (Sagaing), Myanmar,
46 kms SE of Boljang (Manipur), India,
65 kms SSW of Homalin (Sagaing), Myanmar,
91.7 kms ESE of Imphal (Manipur), India,
162 kms SE of Kohima (Nagaland), India,
293 kms E of Sylhet (Sylhet), Bangladesh,
365 kms SE of Guwahati (Assam), India.

This earthquake was strongly felt in Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura as well as in parts of Assam, including Guwahati, Jorhat and the Barak Valley. In Bangladesh, it was strong at Chittagong and Sylhet while also being perceptible in Dhaka. If you felt this earthquake elsewhere in India, Bangladesh or Myanmar, please let us know!

This is the third moderate earthquake (M>5) along the Myanmar-Manipur border since 11 August 2009. The latest event is also the strongest earthquake in this immediate region since a Mw=5.7 earthquake on 18 September 2005 that caused some damage in Manipur, India, and was widely felt across the region. Earthquakes are not uncommon on the Manipur-Myanmar border or on the Nagaland-Myanmar border. Significant M7+ earthquakes have been recorded in these regions in 1869, 1880, 1920, 1932, 1938, 1954, 1970 and 1988. Due to the depth of most of these, damage was minimal but they were felt very widely in north-east and eastern India and in Bangladesh. The 1954 earthquake was felt as far as Khajurao in Madhya Pradesh, India. The most destructive earthquake in this immediate region was the Mw=7.4 Manipur-Cachar earthquake in 1869 that caused widespread damage at Imphal and in the Silchar region besides causing panic as far as Kolkata.

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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