6.7 magnitude quake hits India's remote northeast
Jan 4, Gauhati: At least four people have died in a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday. Over 100 people injured and caused damage to several buildings.
According to the police, the death and injuries were caused by falling debris in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur state.
The powerful tremor left large cracks in walls and a portion of a popular market building collapsed in the state capital. The area is dotted with small houses. There are few tall buildings in the region, although a newly constructed six-story building collapsed in Imphal, the police control room said.
India's Meteorological Department said the epicenter of the quake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur state. It struck before dawn on Monday at a depth of 17 kilometers (about 10 miles) in the India-Myanmar border region, media reports said.
According to the media reports, the epicenter of the earthquake was 35 kilometers 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.
The tremors were also felt in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.
The Oslo Times