6 killed, over 90 injured in Manipur earthquake

Imphal, Jan 4 (IANS) At least one person was killed and 30 injured as a powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale rocked Manipur and other north-eastern states early Monday.

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“Initial report indicates that one person was killed and 30 injured due to the earthquake,” Inspector General of Police Clay Khongsai told IANS.

“Public and private properties have been damaged. The district administration is on the job to rescue trapped persons,” he said.

Khongsai said they were yet to receive any report from Tamenglong district.

According to the regional seismological centre in Meghalaya, an earthquake of moderate intensity rocked India’s northeastern states and adjoining Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan Monday morning.

The quake occurred at 4.35 a.m. and had its epicentre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district. It was felt in parts of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura, said an official of the regional seismological centre in Meghalaya.

India’s northeast is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.

The northeast has seen some of the biggest quakes in history. In 1897, the Shillong-epicentred quake measured 8.2 on the Richter scale.

In 1950, an earthquake in Assam measuring 8.7 on the Richter Scale forced the mighty Brahmaputra river to change its course. In September 2011, Sikkim underwent heavy damage after a quake hit the state.

Manipur quake affects Tibet, no casualties reported

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit northeast India early Monday was felt in southwest China’s Tibet region, though no casualties have been reported yet.

An earthquake measuring 6.7-magnitude on the Richter scale rocked India’s northeastern states and adjoining Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan around 7.05 a.m. (local time), Xinhua cited China Earthquake Networks Centre as saying.

The quake affected southeast Tibet, with the prefectures of Nyingchi, Shannan and Qamdo and Lhasa reporting “strong tremors”.

The head of Nyingchi’s Metok county said the tremor was so strong that the local government asked township and village officials to check for possible casualties or damage.

Metok sits close to the epicentre Tamenglong district of Manipur.

Further checks for casualties continue in Tibet.

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