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Monday, 14 March, 2005

India: Tremors rattle parts of Maharashtra, Goa

According to NDTV's website:
An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Koyna region in Maharashtra today.

The tremors were felt in Mumbai, Pune and parts of Goa as well.

The epicentre of the quake was located at 17 degrees latitude and 74 degrees longitude in quake-prone Koyna region, which includes Satara district.

Several high rises in Mumbai and its suburbs were evacuated as a safety measure.


According to the state government's disaster management cell, no casualties or damage to property have been reported so far.

Mumbai fire brigade sources said there had been no distress calls after the tremors.


No damage to life or property was reported from Goa also, said the director of the Meteorological Survey K N Singh.

"The tremor can be classified as of moderate intensity and was recorded for a duration of 22 seconds in Panaji," Singh said, adding the possibility of further tremors could not be ruled out.

Singh said the tremor was felt in most parts of Goa, especially the northwestern areas of the state.
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