NEW DELHI: An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck eastern India with epicenter around the Indo-Myanmar border. It is for the second time in last three days that a major earthquake was reported.
The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.9 quake struck today at a depth of 135 kilometers.
Germany's Research Center for Geosciences says the magnitude was 7.1.
The USGS says the quake's epicenter was 396 kilometers north of Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw.
An Associated Press journalist who was in a hospital in Yangon at the time of the quake said the seven-story building shook strongly twice, for at least a minute. Many people in the hospital, including patients, staff and visitors, ran out of the building and began calling their loved ones.
The tremors were felt in the northeast, West Bengal, Bihar and other parts of the country. Earthquake measuring 6.8 on Richter scale was reported on Sunday with epicenter in Hindukush mountain region in Afghanistan.
Jolts were also felt in Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, MadhyaPradesh and Chhattisgarh, said J L Gautam, Operations Head atthe National Centre for Seismology.
"The epicenter is in Myanmar, some 100 km off the India- Myanmar border. Since the quake occurred at a depth of 134 km, the impact could be felt at a large distance," Gautam said.
In West Bengal, the impact was more in the northern districts. Metro Railway service was stopped for five minutes immediately after the quake, Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said.
Tremors were felt in Patna, Begusarai, Vaishali, Kishangaj and other districts of Bihar, Patna MET director A K Sen said.
In neighbouring Jharkhand, there were jolts in Ranchi, Dumka, Godda, Deoghar, Sahibganj and Jamshedpur, geologist Nitish Priyadarshi said.
Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre in Shillong said the quake was located at latitude 23 degree north and longitude 94.9 degree east.
In Guwahati, some people reported cracks in buildings while there was power outage for some time in Shillong.
Three persons were reported to have sustained minor injury in Majuli island in the midst of river Brtahmaputra in Jorhat when a newly constructed wall of a house collapsed during the earthquake, officials said.
The three were released after first aid at the civil hospital in Majuli, considered to be Asia's largest fresh water island.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun gogoi has directed the Chief Secretary to take stock of the situation and ensure medical treatment to anyone injured in the tremor.
Gogoi has also asked the State Disaster Management Authority to rescue if anyone is trapped and also open a help line for the people to report about loss of life, injuries, damage to property, CMO office said.
Deputy commissioner, Kamrup (Metro) where Guwahati is located has directed all circle officers to visit their respective area and submit the damage report if any immediately, a district administration spokesman said.
The district administration has also requested all concerned to inform any matter related to earthquake at telephone numbers 7399003002 and 7399003002, 1072,0361-2733052.
The district disaster management wing has already been alerted to mitigate all kinds of eventuality. Stating no report of serious damage or causality have been found till now, the spokesman said the Deputy Commissioner has also requested the people not to get panicky and keep in touch with the administration.
Tremors were also felt in the northeastern states of Mizoram and Nagaland.
All the northeastern states are categorised under zone V in the country's seismological map and are considered highly vulnerable.
In Odisha, the Meteorological Centre said the epicentre of the earthquake was at a distance about 985 km from Bhubaneswar in the direction of East-North-East.
Apart from capital Bhubaneswar, tremors were felt in different places including Cuttack, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Paradip, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Angul, Balasore and Puri.
The tremors sparked panic among people in many areas as people swiftly moved out of buildings, particularly multi- storied and high-rise structures.
The quake, centered in the jungle and hills northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar's second-biggest city, was also felt in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, 484 kilometers from the epicenter.
(With inputs from PTI)