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6.8 earthquake hits Myanmar, tremors felt in India and Bangladesh

6.8 earthquake hits Myanmar, tremors felt in India and Bangladesh

India Blooms News Service | | 24 Aug 2016, 04:56 pm
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit Myanmar on Wednesday and tremors were felt as far as West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Tripura and Assam in India as well as in Bangladesh, officials said.

As per the USGS website, earthquake hit 25km West of Chauk in Myanmar at 10:34 UTC.

The epicentre of the quake was latitude  20.919 degrees North and  longitude 94.579 degrees East, said the website.

Panicked people were seen rushing out of their buildings in some areas in Kolkata.

"I felt the tremor for nearly 10 seconds," Saifuddin, a garment worker in Kolkata, told IBNS.

Metro service was closed in Kolkata following the earthquake.

No casualty has been reported so far.

More details are awaited.