A working seismograph is shown in a display about earthquakes. (Reuters)
A working seismograph is shown in a display about earthquakes. (Reuters)

5.4 earthquake in Sikkim-Nepal border, tremors felt in Assam, Bengal

  • The earthquake struck 25 km east-southeast from Gangtok.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 09:33 PM IST

An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred near the Sikkim-Nepal border at 8:49 pm on Monday evening, according to the National Centre for Seismology. The earthquake’s tremors were also felt in parts of Bengal, Assam and Bihar.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 25 km east-southeast (ESE) of Sikkim’s capital Gangtok and the earthquake struck at a depth of 10 km from the surface. There are no reports of any casualties or damages caused by the earthquake.

The Prime Minister is currently taking stock of damages due to the earthquake. People familiar with the developments told HT that PM Modi has spoken to chief ministers of Bihar, Assam, Sikkim.

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted that he has spoken to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently in Siliguri, and said that he was relieved to hear that the chief minister is doing well. He said, "Had telephone conversation @MamataOfficial to enquire her well being as 6.1 Earthquake Tremors Felt In North Bengal. Hon’ble CM is at Siliguri presently. Relieved to learn all well at her end."

"The epicentre of the earthquake was 25 km east-southeast (ESE) of Gangtok, Sikkim," he further added.

Tremors of the earthquake were felt across Bhutan and Nepal's eastern regions as well as northern regions of Bangladesh, according to a report by news agency PTI. Bhutanese media reported that the earthquake was strongly felt in Samtse and lasted for about 5 seconds. The Dhaka Tribune newspaper in a report said that the tremors were felt in Panchagarh in northern Bangladesh and led to panic among people. People in Sikkim, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and north Bengal were reported to have run out of their houses due to panic caused by the tremors. Few parts of China also felt the tremors.

(with additional inputs from PTI and ANI)

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