Magnitude 6.7 earthquake India's Manipur, felt in Nepal also


KATHMANDU/GAUHATI: A powerful earthquake of 6.7 magnitude that rattled India’s northeast Manipur State at 4:53 am (local time) of Monday morning was felt in different parts of Nepal, including Kathmandu Valley, also.

The  6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least four people, injuring 100 others and causing damage to several buildings.

According to the preliminary reports of the US Geological Survey (USGS), the local magnitude of the earthquake is recorded at 6.8 on the Richter Scale.

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The deaths and injuries were caused by falling debris in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, police said.

The powerful tremor left large cracks on walls and a portion of a popular market building collapsed in the state capital.

A newly constructed six-story building also collapsed in Imphal, the police control room said.

India's Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur state. It struck before dawn on Monday at a depth of 17 kilometres (about 10 miles) in the India-Myanmar border region.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 35 kilometres (20 miles) northwest of Imphal.

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.

In Imphal, residents said furniture was knocked over and books fell off shelves.

"The ground swayed for almost a minute, jolting people awake in their homes," said one resident, Apem Arthur.

The area is dotted with small houses. There are few tall buildings in the region, she said.

The tremors were also felt in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state and in Ilam, Panchthar, Taplejung, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Morang, Sunsari and others eastern districts of  Nepal.