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The Deccan fault split

The Deccan was rocked by a huge earthquake centred near Latur on Sept 30, 1993.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2003 11:59 IST

Date: 30.September 1993
Origin line: 03 hours 55 minutes
Epicentre: Latitude 18.07 N Longitude 76.62 E
Magnitude: 6.3
Focal Depth: 12 kms

The Indian peninsular region, regarded as a comparatively stable part of our subcontinent was rocked a devastating earthquake centred near Latur in Maharashtra on September 30, 1993. The quake had an official death toll, as provided by the state government toll was 7601. Other estimates put the toll at about 20,000.

While most of the deaths were in Latur and Osmanabad districts, other surrounding districts of Maharashtra and some Karnataka districts were also affected. The devastation was so great that dwellings in several villages of these two districts were totally converted to debris. An estimated 30,000 destroyed in the earthquake. About 25 villages were completely destroyed. Mostly damages were conspicuously concentrated in the close proximity of North and South banks of Tirna River.

First Published: Mar 05, 2003 13:32 IST