Monday, September 21, 2009

Quake measuring 6.3 on Richter scale jolts Sikkim & N-E India

Gangtok,September21: A strong quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale followed by an aftershock jolted the Northeast today.

The first tremor was felt at 2.24 pm and lasted for 40 seconds followed by another for seven seconds at 2.42 pm, Regional Seismological Centre here said.

The epicentre of the quake was at Mongar, 180 km east of Thimpu in Bhutan and 125 km Northwest of Guwahati, the Centre said.

The regional meteorological office at Kolkata said the tremor was felt between latitude 27.3 degrees north and longitude 91.5 degrees east. There was no immediate report of casualty, though minor cracks were reported in high rise apartments and shopping complexes in Guwahati.

The tremor affected the Lower Assam districts of Nalbari, Baksa, Kamrup and Kokrajhar bordering Bhutan and was also felt in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and North Bengal. The tremors were also felt in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and in Lhasa, the capital of the Chinese region of Tibet.

As yet there are no reports of casualties or damage and the Indian meteorological department says the epicentre was focused on a remote and sparsely populated area. This was the fifth quake to rock the region within a month.

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