Latest News In India Today Earthquake: A major earthquake measuring 6.4 Richter Scale shock in Northeast India on Wednesday morning.
The origin of earthquake in Tezpur of Assam and tremors were felt across Assam, North Bengal and other parts of the Northeast of India.
Six aftershocks were recorded in the hours after the first quake shook up the region.
Latest News In India Today Earthquake
According to the National Centre of Seismology, the earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale originated in Sonitpur, Tezpur of Assam.
The first earthquake was recorded at 7:51 am and according to the seismology centre, it was centred 43 km west of Tezpur in Assam.
There were six aftershocks felt the first major earthquake, one at 7.58 am and another at 8.01 am. The six aftershocks of magnitude 3.2 to 4.7 were recorded over the next 2 hours 30 minutes in the vicinity of Sonitpur in Assam.
A road in Sonitpur that was the epicentre of the earthquake has developed a crack following the impact of the earthquake while several buildings and walls in the area suffered damages.
Locals in Assam and North Bengal reported the major earthquake around 8 am on Thursday. Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was among those who tweeted about the earthquake.
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Big earthquake hits Assam. I pray for the well-being of all and urge everyone to stay alert. Taking updates from all districts.”
PM Narendra Modi spoke to Assam CM Sonowal over the earthquake. In a tweet, PM Modi said, “Spoke to Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal Ji regarding the earthquake in parts of the state. Assured all possible help from the Centre. I pray for the well-being of the people of Assam.”
Locals in Assam and North Bengal who experience the tremors said the earthquake may have lasted for at least 30 second and continued to shake up buildings during that time.
The US Geological Survey has said the earthquake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 29 kilometres (18 miles).
Videos emerging from Assam show walls have collapsed, windows were shattered in some areas due to the impact of the earthquake. Cracks have been spotted in some buildings in Assam. There are no reports of casualties or injuries so far.
Earlier this month, an earthquake of magnitude 2.7 hit Tinsukia in Assam on April 6. A day before that, another earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale hit Sikkim-Nepal border. The earthquake tremors were felt in parts of Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
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