5.6 magnitude quake shakes eastern Nepal, epicentre in Assam close to Bhutan

BIRATNAGAR/KATHMANDU: A fresh earthquake jolted the eastern region of the country at 6:50 am on Sunday.

The earthquake was of magnitude 5.6 with its epicentre in Assam of India, close to Bhutan, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

It jolted the eastern districts of Nepal also, including Morang, Jhapa, Ilam, Taplejung, Dhankuta and Panchthar. Earlier, it was reported that the epicentre of the moderate earthquake was in Bhutan.

Referring to Indian Meteorological Department, Indian media reported that the quake shook Assam, including its capital Guwahati, Meghalaya, West Bengal and neighbouring Bhutan.

The epicentre of the tremor was in Kokrajhar at a depth of 10 km on latitude 26.5 degree north and longitude 90.1 degree east, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

No casualty or property damage was reported in the Nepali side.