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6.8 earthquake rocks Myanmar, tremors felt in parts of India

6.8 earthquake rocks Myanmar, tremors felt in parts of India

India Blooms News Service | | 24 Aug 2016, 05:27 pm
New Delhi/Kolkata/Guwahati, Aug 24 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale rocked Myanmar on Wednesday as tremors were felt in Indian states like West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Tripura and Assam as well as in neighbouring 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 Kolkata.

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

Metro service was temporary stopped in Kolkata following the earthquake.

It resumed later.

"After 16.40 hrs service became normal," Indrani Banerjee, Kolkata Metro PRO, told IBNS.

No casualty has been reported so far.

Similar pictures were seen in Assam's Guwahati city where people moved out of buildings following the quake.

Minor cracks have been reported in some buildings in the city.