Moderate slightly damaging earthquake in Sikkim, India

The following quote from one of our Gangtok readers explains more than 100 numbers :

"I was at an office building when i felt the shock, so i ran towards the nearest column in the building and suck against the wall and i literally saw cracks appear on the wall in front of me, that is when i thought the building was going to collapse. But the quake went away as suddenly as it came."

Schools and colleges have been closed in Sikkim as a precaution.
A report from Gangtok in Sikkim said some buildings had developed cracks and people were out on the streets.
The main reason for the damage is the very shallow depth of the hypocenter (breaking point). Every earthquake with a depth of less than 10 km and a Magnitude of 5 or more is potentially dangerous.

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16km (10mi) NW of Singtam, India
21km (13mi) W of Gangtok, India
32km (20mi) NNW of Kalimpang, India
38km (24mi) NNE of Darjiling, India
123km (76mi) W of Thimphu, Bhutan

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-10-03 11:42:44

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-10-03 06:12:44

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Sikkim, India Oct 03 06:12 5.3 8 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Sikkim, India Oct 03 06:12 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Siliguri - Light shaking was felt as our home is at 3rd floor. Could see the flower vase shaking n thats when i realised its an earthquke
  • Gangtok - I was in my cyber cafe surfing net and suddenly if felt shaking whole shop me , all the computers & just i ran very quickly from the shop.
  • kurseong/darjeeling - I heard a sound.. It was like a whistel. I had heard the same sound in all previous earthquake. It was a minor shake but it was still terrifying. Now the fear will last for atleast 5 days.
  • Jorethang - Felt Scared
  • Gangtok - Very frightening experience. Sudden and heavy jolt.
  • Majitar,sikkim manipal institute of tech - i am a student of SMIT i was attending my classes when i felt the earthquake....all the students panicked and left their respective classes
  • Gangtok, Sikkim - It appeared that someone is by force shaking the whole of building. Everybody rushed out of building. I was on first floor only.
  • ravangla - NIT Sikkim we were doing ou chemistyr practical suddenly all the things just start shaking...very scary..
  • Gangtok - Strong short shakeing
  • Tadong Gangtok - I was in m class all chairs were shaking as my class is 4th floor i felt it terribly.
  • Rangpo - I Was In My Kitchen Suddenly Felt Strong Shaking For Few Seconds. Immediately Left The Room, Took Our Dadi Ji (Aged Grand Mother) & Other Neighbours With Children Safely Came On Plane Land. It Was Little Terrifying Experience But Nothing Compared To 18th Sept. 2011.
  • Singtam - It was very Mild but as it came suddenly so always surprisingly and dangerous.
  • SMIMS Building, Tadong - I was at my Boss cabin, Suddnly My boss grab me,then we run away from cabin to tarrace, coz office is at top floor. At same time other staff also came out and I saw Ms. Leena was crying. Than we decided to came down by stair while I reach the upto stair to come down one of the student was found Unconscious with three friends. I asked to our attender Mr. Bhim daju for water to put her. Than we take her to ground floor.
  • Thimphu: Bhutan - scared
  • Rangpo - i was sitting in the library .. i felt the tremors and everybody rushed out. it was fun :)
  • gangtok - I was on the top floor of the 7th story building. I felt like the whole building would collapse.
  • Namchi - Weak shaking for few seconds.
  • Gangtok - I was at an office building when i felt the shock, so i ran towards the nearest column in the building and suck against the wall and i literally saw cracks appear on the wall in front of me, that is when i thought the building was going to collapse. But the quake went away as suddenly as it came. - WC
  • Pakyong,East Sikkim - The people of pakyong,also felt the tremor..of quake.many people were out of house and gathered on street.the quake occured three times.. on 11:43am, 12:03pm and 12:35.. the tremor of 11:43am was massive and the magnitude was 5.2!!! these quake remind us of 18th september 2011.on which many people of sikkim has died.
  • Singtam - I am a shop keeper at Singtam. When the earthquake came all my things from dropped here and there. I ran as much far as I could. It is terrible feeling as I was expecting earthquake to come on 18th September but that day it went safe. Now after 15 days only, till now 5 times we have felt tremor of the quake. Now again we cannot sleep today at night and we will be expecting the earthquake any time near future. During todays quake, it lasted for around 20 secs and whole shop was shaking dangerous.
  • Gangtok - Scary yet was fun
  • Opposite Sadar Thana,Tibet Rd, Gangtok - We were at Siam Brothers Print Store, Suddenly a strong tremor, i felt the whole things was going to collapse. i came to pick some print material and all the staff in the store were no where to be seen. i was left alone with the receipt in my hand.. Scary
  • Namchi - I was taking class and slight tremors i felt
  • Tadong - I was in class... all of a sudden it was shaking, for a while I was confused what was happening, I heard people screaming and rushing....
  • Singtam - I was in my shop dealing with my customers. All of a sudden there was a big shake. Reminded me of 2011 quake. Had a feeling the end was near. So l rushed to my home to be with my family.
  • Law College Burtuk. - We along with our class mates were listening lecture suddenly everything behind us started shaking, we was about to run outside but our lecturer told not to panic. Every thing was shaking and we scared that our old college building get collapse now. It is not safe at all.
  • Ranipool - It was very bad experience, and it is my first experience in earthquake.
  • Siliguri - The office desk was shaking.
  • USGS Singtam, India Oct 03 06:12 5.3 9 MAP I Felt It


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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
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    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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