Earthquake Measuring 6.7 On Richter Scale Jolts Northeast

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2:08 pm 4 Jan, 2016

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Manipur, near its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, on January 4 morning, killing at least five people, injuring 100 others and causing damage to several buildings.

The quake, which stuck at 4:35 am, was centered 29 kilometers west of Imphal and 55 kilometers (34 miles) deep, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Google Map of Manipur

Google Map of Manipur


The powerful tremor resulted in large cracks in walls that led to the collapse of a newly constructed six-story building in Imphal, the police control room said. The deaths and injuries were mostly caused by falling debris in and around Imphal.



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Reports suggest dozens of homes in Tamenglong were damaged. However, there were no reports of deaths from the area.

Telephone and electricity connections were disrupted in some areas.


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Locals in Tamenglong reported that the quake lasted for around one minute and rattled buildings.

The police said nearly 90 members of the National Disaster Response Force were looking on remote areas.

People in Assam’s capital Guwahati got panicked and rushed out of their home.


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The tremors were also felt in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. Many people were reported coming out of their homes in panic.


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The region has a history of powerful earthquakes caused by the northward collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates. They are moving towards each other at a rate of 4-5cm per year.

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In Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, many city residents were awoken at night by what they described as one of the strongest tremors they had ever felt.

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