A 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolted the North Eastern states today around 4:36 am, killing around six people and injuring around 100 people as of now. The damages are expected to be of high scale with huge cracks on many buildings and walls being collapsed.
The Indian Meteorological Department estimates the epicenter as in Tamenglong district of Manipur. However the state government officials said it is near to Noney village in Tamenglong district, which is around 35kms from Imphal.
The North Eastern states are considered to be one of the most hazardous earthquake prone regions in the country. It falls under the Zone 5 of seismic zones with the areas having trap rock or basalt rock as highly vulnerable to earthquakes.
Today’s tremors were also felt in Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar. The geographically fragile Eastern Himalayan region has suffered from a massive quake centered on Nepal in April 2015. Large scale destructions happened in Bihar and Jharkhand too with the Himalayan nation suffering the worst.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that an NDRF team has been instructed to move from Guwahati to the areas affected by the earthquake. “Spoke to Rajnath ji, who is in Assam, on the situation arising due to the earthquake & asked him to oversee the situation,” PM Modi tweeted. The PM has also spoken to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the situation, the PMO tweeted.