Earthquake in Assam near Dhekiajuli town
Earthquake in Assam near Dhekiajuli town

An earthquake has struck Assam this morning, the National Center for Seismology said. The earthquake of magnitude 6.4 with strong tremors were felt in parts of the northeast as well as north Bengal. While no reports of anyone being injured has come out. Photos has been surfaced of broken walls and windows, and walls developing cracks.

Several parts of northeast and neighbouring Bhutanbfelt these strong tremors repeatedly forcing people to run out of their homes, according to a Reuters witness. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Dhekiajuli town, 140 km north of Guwahati. The earthquake struck at 7:51 am at a depth of 17 km from the surface. After such news came out Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and promised help from the centre. While Mr Sonowal tweeted “Big earthquake hits Assam. I pray for the well being of all and urge everyone to stay alert. Taking updates from all districts.” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also tweeted minutes after the earthquake. He shared some photos of broken walls inside a building and of a broken boundary wall, showing the impact of the quake. According to Reuters, the earthquake in Assam comes weeks after an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 struck near Sikkim’s capital Gangtok.

The National Disaster Management Agency is assessing reports of destruction and casualties.  

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