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Quake Jolts Eastern India

By NJ Thakuria
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A modest earthquake measuring around 7 magnitudes in Richter scale was experienced in eastern India on Wednesday (13 April 2016).

The tremor for two minutes was experienced at 7.26 pm. “Epicenter of the earthquake was in Myanmar-India border at Latitude 230 N & Longitude 94.90 E at the depth of 134 km below the surface of Earth,” said a statement issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

As the epicenter was at Indo-Myanmar border area, more damaging reports may come from eastern Assam. Meanwhile, cracks appeared in many buildings of Guwahati because of the tremor.

Unconfirmed report said that one person died in north Guwahati locality as a live electricity wire fell on him. Reports from remote areas of Assam confirm that many people got wounded because of the quake.

Panic gripped the State of Assam, which was celebrating the spring festival called Rongali Bihu. In Guwahati many Bihu functions were delayed.

Many trains were also halted in the region as a precautionary measure.