Quake hits north-east India, tremors felt in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Kolkata

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Quake hits north-east India, tremors felt in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Kolkata
Guwahati:  An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked India's north-east, Myanmar and Bangladesh on Monday, triggering panic among people.

The tremor was felt at 8.47 am in most parts of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, besides in Bangladesh and Myanmar. There were also reports of mild tremors in Kolkata and some areas of north Bengal.

The epicentre of the quake was located at 24.947 N, 95.226 E in Myanmar, about 130 km east of Manipur capital Imphal, the website of US Geological Survey said.

So far, there has been no report of any loss of life or damage to property due to the quake.

Seven northeastern states - Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur - are considered by seismologists to be the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world.

The region experienced one of the worst earthquakes, measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale, in 1897, that claimed the lives of over 1,600 people.

In September, more than 50 people died after a killer quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shook the region.

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