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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Manipur

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySobhapati Samom | Edited by Niyati Singh
May 25, 2020 11:23 PM IST

The earthquake struck at 8:12 pm and was measured at 5.5 on the Richter magnitude scale.

An earthquake hit the Northeastern state of Manipur on late Monday evening, according to National Center for Seismology, Ministry of Earth Sciences,Government of India’s preliminary locations report of the earthquake.

Almost all districts of Manipur are said to be under the Zone V among earthquake-prone areas.(File photo)
Almost all districts of Manipur are said to be under the Zone V among earthquake-prone areas.(File photo)

The earthquake struck at 8:12 pm and was measured at 5.5 on the Richter magnitude scale.

The epicenter of the earthquake is said to be 15 km west of Moirang town in Manipur’s Bishnupur district, the report said.

“Many people ran out of their respective houses in my locality when we felt the tremor,” says a resident of Ningthoukhong town in Bishnupur district. Residents of Imphal also witnessed the same. But there were no reports of any damage or loss of lives in the state till the publication of this report.

Residents of Imphal West,Imphal East, Churachandpur, Senapati, Ukhrul,Thoubal districts of the state when contacted on phone reported that they felt the tremor.

As per the National Center for Seismology reports, two very low intensity earthquakes were also recorded at two different locations of Manipur (43 and 66 km east of Ukhrul) on May 22.

Almost all districts of Manipur are said to be under the Zone V among earthquake-prone areas.The entire North-east part of India is considered to be one of the most earthquake-vulnerable regions in the world.

On January 4, 2016, Manipur witnessed a strong earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale which claimed eight lives and damaging many houses and structures including the iconic ‘Ima keithel’ (mothers market) in Imphal.

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