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Two tremors jolt Bhutan and northeast India

Moderate intensity quakes rocked India's northeast and the adjoining Bhutan triggering panic among sleeping residents.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 18:22 IST

Two moderate intensity earthquakes rocked India's northeast and the adjoining Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on Friday, triggering panic among sleeping residents.

An official with the seismological centre in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, said the first tremor measured 5.7 on the Richter scale and took place around 1.35 am.

"There was another aftershock soon after although the first tremor was more prominent," the official said.

The quake was felt in Arunachal Pradesh and the adjoining states of Assam and Nagaland, besides Bhutan.

The epicentre of the quakes was plotted along the border between Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.

Police in Arunachal Pradesh said they were trying to ascertain if any damage or casualties had been caused by the two earthquakes.

There were no immediate reports from Bhutan about any damage caused by the tremors.

"We were literally forced out of our beds. We ran out of our homes and realised there was another tremor," Tombi Lama, a Buddhist monk in Bomdila, 220 km east of Arunachal Pradesh's capital Itanagar, told the agency over the phone.

Similar panic was reported from other states as well.

A 5.7 tremor had rocked the region 10 days ago on February 14 killing two people and damaging up to a thousand homes in Sikkim, besides triggering mudslides and snapping power and water supply connections in many parts of the state.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 18:22 IST