January 4 local time, India Earthquake News – A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit the remote north-eastern region of India at 4:35 local time.
The epicenter of the India earthquake is on the Tamenglong region of Manipur state, according to The Guardian. This is around the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar. The US Geological Survey reported that the depth of the earthquake is around 34 miles or 55 km.
According to New York Times, citizens rushed out of their houses in Gauhati when the massive shaking happened. They felt the tremors happen twice within a minute in the neighboring Assam state.
In the Manipur state, people saw their furniture “knocked over” but there is no major damage reported.
Residents in Kolkata also felt the tremors. One resident, Somak Roychowdhury, felt the shaking slightly while working. He described what he felt:
“Felt a sudden tremor, the furniture including the comp-table shook giving a sheer feeling of an earthquake. The birds were chirping like anything, much more louder than normal. Rather instantaneous. Like the quake itself.”
5 people are reported dead with over 30 people injured, according to BBC.
This northeast region of India is considered top 6 of the most earthquake-prone area in the world. Late last week, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan, according to the local website, Indianexpress.com. It was 170 km deep.
Stay tuned for more updates on the India earthquake this January 2016.
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