Earthquake of 6.7 Magnitude Kills Six People

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 04 January 2016 11:46

At least six people were killed on Monday in a powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck northeastern India and felt in neighboring Bangladesh and Myanmar, officials say.

Officials said at least five people lost their lives in India, while one man was reported to have died in neighboring Bangladesh.

"Five people are confirmed dead and 33 have been injured. A six-story building in the capital was partially damaged and some small structures have also developed cracks," said Anurag Gupta, an official with the Indian National Disaster Management Authority.

Indian Home Ministry spokesman Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia also confirmed the number of casualties.

Some reports have, however, put the number of those injured at more than 50 people since the quake.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake took place at 4:35 local time (23:05 GMT) Sunday, about 29 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Imphal, the capital of Manipur State.

The earthquake, which was initially measured at 6.8-magnitude, struck at a depth of 17 kilometers (10 miles) and was centered in an isolated area in India.

Locals say the quake was felt as far away as 600 kilometers (370 miles).

This comes days after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which was also felt across northern India, hit Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region.

The region is prone to earthquakes, which are caused by the northward collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates.

Last April, some 9,000 people were killed in an earthquake in Nepal, which is located northeast of India.

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