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6.8 earthquake jolts Myanmar, tremors felt in several Indian states

6.8 earthquake jolts Myanmar, tremors felt in several Indian states

India Blooms News Service | | 14 Apr 2016, 12:33 am
Kolkata/New Delhi, Apr 14 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit Myanmar - India Border region as tremors were felt across several Indian cities, triggering panic and injuring several people on Wednesday, officials said.

Tremors were felt in Kolkata, Guwahati, New Delhi, Chennai, Patna, among other Indian cities.

The IMD, which mentioned the intensity of the quake at 6.8,  termed the quake as 'Moderate'.

The epicentre of the quake was located at latitide 23.0 degrees north and  longitude 94.9 degrees east and at a depth of 134 km.

The USGS, however, termed the intensity of the quake at 6.9 on the Richter Scale.

The earthquake occurred at 19:25 hrs (IST).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Chief Ministers of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur over the earthquake situation.

"PM @narendramodi spoke to CMs of Assam & Manipur regarding the earthquake in the region," PMO India tweeted.

"PM @narendramodi spoke to the CM of Nagaland regarding the earthquake in the region," read another tweet.

People rushed out of buildings and many were seen blowing conch shells in Kolkata.

Metro service was temporary halted in Kolkata while a small crack was spotted in an under-construction metro pillar of the Joka-BBD Bag route in Behala.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director General of Indian Meteorological Department-IMD (Eastern zone), Gokul Chandra Debnath told IBNS: "Two tremors were measured in Kolkata. Duration of the first tremor was 50 seconds while the second tremor, which was felt for 1 minutes and 35 seconds, overlapped the first one. If we count jointly then it was felt for 2 minutes and 25 seconds."

At least four people suffered minor injuries in different parts of West Bengal.

According to reports, some were injured as they fall on ground while rushing out of buildings during the earthquake.

Police said the injured people in Siliguri town were taken to hospital for treatment.

At least three people were injured in Assam as strong tremors were felt in the state.

More than 150 houses have been damaged in Assam, reports said.

No casualty has been reported so far.

Tremors were also felt in Bangladesh and Nepal.

Some people were reportedly injured in Bangladesh.

(With Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath from Assam, Sudipto Maity and Deepayan Sinha from Kolkata; Images by Subhodeep Sardar/IBNS)