A major earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale today hit areas around the India-Myanmar border and its tremors were felt in the northeast, West Bengal, Bihar and other parts of the country. Strong tremors were felt in Kolkata and other parts of North India and it stretched to the national capital itself.
Earthquake was felt in Nepal as well. Seven of the northeastern states, where the quake was at its severest, – Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur — are considered by seismologists as the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.
Panic gripped people forcing them to rush out of their homes, while Kolkata Metro services also affected. In the suburban Salt Lake on the northeastern fringes of the city, cracks appeared in the walls of some houses.
According to National Centre of Seismology (NCS), the earthquake occurred at 7:25 PM at the depth of 134 km. Tremors shook Assam's main city Guwahati and adjoining areas, causing minor damage to some high rise buildings. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority said no major damage had been reported so far. People took to social media to post their reactions to the tremors even as many prayed for the safety of others.
The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.9 quake struck today at a depth of 135 kilometers. Germany's Research Center for Geosciences says the magnitude was 7.1. The USGS says the quake's epicenter was 396 kilometers north of Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw.
Strong tremors were felt in Tibet too after a 7.2-magnitude quake. State-run Xinhua news agency said the tremors were felt in Lhasa, the regional capital of the Tibet Autonomous region. According to China Earthquake Networks Centre, a 7.2 magnitude quake jolted Myanmar today.