6.7 magnitude quake hits India's northeast, four killed

Published January 4, 2016
An injured resident (2nd R) is assisted upon his arrival for treatment at Siliguri Hospital following an earthquake in Siliguri on January 4, 2016.—AFP
An injured resident (2nd R) is assisted upon his arrival for treatment at Siliguri Hospital following an earthquake in Siliguri on January 4, 2016.—AFP
Residents gather at the entrance to Siliguri Hospital as the injured are brought in following an earthquake in Siliguri on January 4, 2016.—AFP
Residents gather at the entrance to Siliguri Hospital as the injured are brought in following an earthquake in Siliguri on January 4, 2016.—AFP
An injured Indian woman is comforted by her husband as she waits for treatment at Siliguri Hospital following an earthquake in Siliguri on January 4, 2016.-AFP
An injured Indian woman is comforted by her husband as she waits for treatment at Siliguri Hospital following an earthquake in Siliguri on January 4, 2016.-AFP

PATHANKOT: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least four people, injuring 100 others and causing damage to several buildings.

The death and injuries were caused by falling debris in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, police said.

The powerful tremor left large cracks in walls and a portion of a popular market building collapsed in the state capital.

A newly constructed six-story building also collapsed in Imphal, the police control room said.

A map showing epicentre of the earthquake. — AFP
A map showing epicentre of the earthquake. — AFP

India's Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur state. It struck before dawn on Monday at a depth of 17 kilometres in the India-Myanmar border region.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 35 kilometres northwest of Imphal. The area is remote with poor cellphone and Internet connections, and information about conditions outside of major cities may take time to emerge.

People panicked and rushed out of their homes in Gauhati, the capital of neighboring Assam state, as they felt massive shaking at least twice within 60 seconds.

In Imphal, residents said furniture was knocked over and books fell off shelves.

“The ground swayed for almost a minute, jolting people awake in their homes,” said one resident, Apem Arthur.

The area is dotted with small houses. There are few tall buildings in the region, she said. The tremors were also felt in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.

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