Assam tremor claims a child, 2 injured

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
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  • Updated: Apr 17, 2013 02:05 IST

Two moderate-intensity earthquakes, one of which took the life of a child, jolted Assam on Tuesday.

The first tremor, which had its epicentre in Darrang district, central Assam, struck at 6.53am, and the second at 2.04pm.

A child was killed in a mudslide during the first earthquake, which was also felt in other northeastern states.

Three children who had gone to fish in the river Beki in Barpeta district, western Assam, were swept into the waters by the mudslide during the tremor, official sources said.

While Jehirul Nessa was drowned, the other two — Moidul Islam and Kamala Khatun — were rescued and sent to hospital.

A report from the regional seismological centre, Shillong, said the tremor was also felt in neighbouring states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, which fall in the earthquake-prone zone.

The intensity of the first quake was 4.6 and the second 5 on the Richter scale.

In Odisha, a tremor occurred at 8:36am in Puri district with its epicentre at about 40 km from the seismological observatory in Bhubaneswar, the meteorological centre said. The earthquake was felt in nearby areas in the district, but no casualty was reported.

 

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