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Tremors in Northeast, Bengal and Bihar as 6.8-magnitude quake hits Myanmar

Tremors were felt in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Assam on Wednesday as an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar, the US Geological Survey said.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2016 17:29 IST
People evacuated buildings after tremors were felt in Kolkata on Wednesday.
People evacuated buildings after tremors were felt in Kolkata on Wednesday.(Avijit Ghoshal/HT Photo)

Tremors were felt in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Assam on Wednesday as an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake struck 143 km west of the city of Meiktila, the agency said.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the epicentre of the earthquake was at a point 190 km south of Myanmar’s Mandalay city and about 19 km west of Chauk town. The depth of the earthquake was 90 km.

“Though the estimate of damage has not been done, this is strong magnitude quake that causes great damage to life and property,” an official said.

Tremors were felt in India’s northeastern region as well as in Kolkata.

This is second time in two days that tremors were felt in Myanmar. On Tuesday, a 5.5-magnitude earthquake in the Myanmar-India border region also rocked Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and some other parts of northeast India. However, there was no report of major damage.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake shook buildings in buildings in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon and in other towns and cities, witnesses said.

Office buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok, to the east of Myanmar, shook for a few seconds, residents there said. The quake was also felt in Bangladesh, to the west of Myanmar, residents said.