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Guwahati Earthquake: 12 people killed, 130 others injured in Manipur and Assam

Guwahati Earthquake: 12 people killed, 130 others injured in Manipur and Assam
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At least 12 people were killed and more than 130 others injured when an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale hit Manipur and Assam in the Northeast on the wee hours of Monday, officials said.

Imphal / Guwahati : At least 12 people were killed and more than 130 others injured when an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale hit Manipur and Assam in the Northeast on the wee hours of Monday, officials said.

The Manipur government said that, at least 10 people were killed alone in Imphal town so far.

The deaths occurred from building collapses in Imphal town, the capital of Manipur.

On the other hand, two persons death also was reported from Guwahati in Assam under the impact of the quake.

Several buildings including government buildings, shopping mall, residential buildings had collapsed due to the quake in Imphal town.

The epicentre of the quake measuring 6.7, which was felt at 4:35 hrs and at a depth of 17 kms, was located at latitude 24.8 degrees north and longitude 93.5 degrees east, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) website said.

The IMD has called the earthquake as 'moderate'.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) website said the intensity of the quake was 6.8.

Tremors were felt in Assam, Manipur, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Damage to property due to the earthquake has been reported from Imphal.

“People are shocked after the quake and they have took shelter outside of their houses,” an official of Manipur government said.

On the other hand, two NDRF team have been sent to Manipur for rescue operation.

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, who staying in Guwahati for his two-day visit to Assam said that, the central government will provide all support to the Manipur and Assam government for rescue operation.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had called an emergency high level meeting in Guwahati.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)
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