Magnitude 6.4 earthquake
Affected countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Bhutan, and China
11 km from Dhekiajuli, Assam · 7:51 am
Apowerful earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale jolted Assam and other parts of Northeast on Wednesday morning. Seven aftershocks were recorded in the hours after the first quake shook up the region.
According to the National Centre of Seismology, the earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale originated in Sonitpur, Tezpur of Assam. The first earthquake was recorded at 7:51 am and according to the seismology centre, it was centred 43 km west of Tezpur in Assam.
There were seven aftershocks following the first major earthquake, one at 7.58 am and another at 8.01 am. The seven aftershocks of magnitude 3.2 to 4.7 were recorded over the next 2 hours 30 minutes in the vicinity of Sonitpur in Assam.
Locals in Assam and North Bengal reported the major earthquake around 8 am on Thursday. Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was among those who tweeted about the earthquake.
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Big earthquake hits Assam. I pray for the well-being of all and urge everyone to stay alert. Taking updates from all districts.”
PM Narendra Modi spoke to Assam CM Sonowal over the earthquake. In a tweet, PM Modi said, “Spoke to Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal Ji regarding the earthquake in parts of the state. Assured all possible help from the Centre. I pray for the well-being of the people of Assam.”
The US Geological Survey has said the earthquake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 29 kilometres (18 miles).