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Quake kills 10 in Bhutan, shakes NE, Kolkata

india Updated: Sep 22, 2009 01:13 IST
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Kolkata was all shaken and stirred on Monday as it witnessed aftershocks of the earthquake that claimed 10 lives in Bhutan.

The epicentre of the quake was located in the Mongar district, which is on the India-Bhutan border, 180-km east of Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital.

“Tremors were felt in Kolkata… We are yet to analyse the exact magnitude of the quake. The earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale is a moderate one,” said Chandan Kumar De, assistant meteorologist of Regional Meteorological Centre, Kolkata.

The quake was felt in northeastern states including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim apart from North Bengal including Darjeeling. Though there are unconfirmed reports of cracks developing in some buildings in Guwahati, there have been no reports of any casualties yet.

In Bhutan, the earthquake is believed to have caused a massive damage including human lives.

At least 10 people, including three Indian labourers, were killed when quake struck Bhutan and destroyed houses, monasteries and other buildings across the country.

Several others were injured after buildings collapsed in Narang Geog, Monggar and Yangneer, east of Thimpu.

The three Indian labourers were killed after falling boulders hit them in Samdrupjongkhar, state-run Bhutan Broadcasting Service reported.