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Moderate quake jolts Sikkim, north Bengal

Tremors were also felt in north Bengal, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Malda and adjoining areas.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 11:18 IST

An earthquake of moderate intensity occurred in Sikkim and north Bengal early on Tuesday morning.

The quake, having a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale, occurred at 6.25 am. It was epicentred at 27.7 degree north and 88.8 degree east, the Meteorological Department said.

Although there was no casualty or damage to property, people ran out of their houses in panic here and nearby areas of Deorali, Tadong and Chandmari, according to DIG (Range) Akshay Sachdeva.

Tremors were also felt in North Bengal, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Malda and adjoining areas.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 10:18 IST