8 die as 6.7 M earthquake hits India’s Manipur state

8 die as 6.7 M earthquake hits India’s Manipur state

An earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude has hit northeast India, near its border with Myanmar and Bangladesh, killing eight people and injuring hundreds of others.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit at 04:35 local time (23:05 GMT Sunday) about 29km (18 miles) northwest of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state.

Strong tremors have been felt across the region.

The BBC’s Salman Saeed in Dhaka says many people were seen fleeing their homes in Bangladesh.

USGS issued a yellow alert for casualties and damage, with a 35% likelihood of between one and 10 deaths from the tremor.

The earthquake was originally reported to have measured 6.8 magnitude.

The region has a history of powerful earthquakes caused by the northward collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates. They are moving towards each other at a rate of 4-5cm per year.

In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 quake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir left more than 75,000 people dead.

In April 2015, Nepal suffered its worst earthquake on record with 9,000 people killed and about 900,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

Tremor also felt in Eastern Nepal

The tremor of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake was also felt in Nepal early morning.

The tremor was felt especially on the eastern part of the country.

Our correspondent Jitendra Sah from Biratnagar informed that locals ran out of their houses when the tremor struck at around 5 this morning.

Source: The Kathmandu Post