earthquake in kolkata

Monday, September 21, 2009
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An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Assam, other north-eastern states of India, West Bengal and neighbouring Bhutan Monday afternoon causing damage to various properties in both the countries.

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Assam, other north-eastern states of India, West Bengal and neighbouring Bhutan Monday afternoon causing damage to various properties in both the countries.

The tremors were felt at 2.26 p.m. No casualties were reported.

The regional meteorological office at Kolkata said the tremor was felt at latitude 27.3 degrees north and longitude 91.5 degrees east in the region centering Bhutan. A report from Coochbehar in North Bengal said people rushed out of their houses as doors and windows rattled for about 20 seconds.

The epicentre was plotted in Munggar in Bhutan. Munggar, about 500 km from Thimpu, is located along the India-Bhutan border, 125 km northwest of Guwahati.

Preliminary reports say cracks developed in apartments and concrete structures in Guwahati.

This is the fifth and the highest intensity earthquake to have rocked the northeast since Aug 13, according to the Regional Seismological Centre of Shillong.

The tremors were also felt in parts of West Bengal, including state capital Kolkata.

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