Moderate earthquake shakes India’s Northeast

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Shillong: A moderate earthquake that measured 5.8 on the Richter Scale hit the Indian Northeastern states yesterday. The quake induced panic among the people. This is the second tremor in the same region in two months.

Officials at the Meteorological department here told PTI, “A moderate intensity earthquake shook the region at around 8:45 IST and its epicentre was located at the Indo-Myanmar border.”

According to a US geological website, the epicentre located around 130 KM east of the state of Manipur, placing the epicentre beyond the border within Myanmar.

India’s Northeastern region is considered to be seismologically active. Indian states in this region are considered among the most seismically hazardous zones in the south Asia.

An earthquake that measured 8.7 on the Richter scale killed as many as 1,600 people in the region in 1987.