Monday, January 04, 2016

Four dead in 6.7 quake near India-Myanmar border

At least four people were reported dead on Monday after a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets.

Dozens more were injured in the scramble to escape buildings in India and Bangladesh after they were woken by the early morning tremor.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 4:35 am (2305 GMT Sunday) 29 kilometres (18 miles) west-northwest of the Indian city of Imphal.

"Books were falling from the shelves. I thought the house would collapse," Imphal resident Yurreipem Arthur told AFP by phone from the city, capital of Manipur state.

There were similar scenes in the northeast Indian city of Guwahati, where some buildings were reported to have been damaged by the tremor.

The tremors were felt as far away as Kolkata some 600 kilometres distant in the Indian state of West Bengal, where buildings shook.

"Many people were seen coming out of their homes in panic," said local resident Rabin Dev.

India's seven northeastern states, joined to the rest of the country by a narrow sliver of land, are located in an area of frequent seismic activity. The border region is remote and sparsely populated on the Myanmar side....

Magnitude    Mw 6.8
Date time    2016-01-03 23:05:20.4 UTC
Location    24.83 N ; 93.61 E
Depth    40 km

    331 km NE of Chittagong, Bangladesh / pop: 3,920,222 / local time: 05:05:20.4 2016-01-04
34 km W of Imphāl, India / pop: 223,523 / local time: 04:35:20.4 2016-01-04
M6.7 - 29km W of Imphal, India...
Nearby Cities:

    29km (18mi) W of Imphal, India
    33km (21mi) NW of Mayang Imphal, India
    38km (24mi) NNW of Moirang, India
    42km (26mi) WNW of Thoubal, India
    352km (219mi) ENE of Dhaka, Bangladesh



  1. Death toll rises to 5 in 6.7 magnitude earthquake


  2. At least six people have been killed and more than 100 others injured in a massive earthquake that hit northeastern India and the adjoining countries of Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan early Monday morning, a senior disaster management official said...

    "The quake, which measured 6.7 on the Richter Scale, hit northeastern Indian state of Manipur around 4:30 a.m. local time. Tremors were also felt in some neighboring northeastern states and the eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha," he said, on condition of anonymity.

    "In Manipur's capital Imphal, six people were killed and 100 others are injured, following collapses of several buildings. The toll may rise later in the day as the condition of some are said to be serious. No casualties have been reported from other states yet."

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was 57 km deep and struck 29 km west of Imphal, and the epicentre was in the state's Tamenglong district.

    Local TV channels showed footage of terrified people running out of their houses in Manipur and other states, including West Bengal and Odisha, and reported that several buildings, including some hospitals, suffered damages in the quake.

    Teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been instructed to move from Assam's capital Guwahati to areas affected by the quake, the Indian Prime Minister's Office tweeted...............


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