Tremors in east, north-east India as 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits central Myanmar

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale and epicentre in Myanmar today shook several parts of east and northeast India.

Published: 24th August 2016 04:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2016 08:37 PM   |  A+A-

KOLKATA: A strong earthquake in Myanmar measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale shook parts of eastern India including Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar on Wednesday afternoon.

Large parts of Odisha including Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts experienced tremors seconds after the earthquake hit Myanmar.

According to National Centre for Seismology, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences, the epicenter of the quake was in Myanmar and it occurred at 4:04 PM at a depth of 58 kms.   

The India Meteorological Department which confirmed the news said that many parts of the State felt the tremors which left people panicky. In Bhubaneswar, people ran out to open spaces as the tremors lasted for several seconds. Those living in apartments had a scary experience.

This is the second earthquake to have occurred on the day. Earlier, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale had struck Italy killing over 38 persons.

 

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