Two earthquakes hit northeastern states (Second Lead)

July 1st, 2012 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, July 1 (IANS) Two earthquakes of moderate intensity hit northeastern India Sunday.

The first measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre located at the Arunachal Pradesh-Tibet border, and occurred an hour after midnight Saturday, the Regional Seismological Centre here told IANS.

Eight hours later, another quake, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale, jolted the region. Its epicentre lay in Phek district of Nagaland.

Besides Meghalaya and Nagaland, the other states which felt the tremors included Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

There were no reports of casualties or damage to property.

India’s northeast is considered the sixth major 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.

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