Quake in northeast India, Bangladesh

June 23rd, 2011 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, June 23 (IANS) A 4.2 magnitude earthquake rocked some parts of northeast India and adjoining Bangladesh Thursday evening, officials said. No casualties were reported.

According to meteorological department officials, the tremors occurred at around 6.09 p.m. with its epicentre along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura. It was felt in some parts of Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, southern Assam and neighbouring Bangladesh.

No loss of life or property has been reported yet.

“The exact epicentre of the quake was India-Bangladesh border with western Tripura. The tremor lasted for about four to five seconds,” Tripura meteorological department director Dilip Saha told IANS.

The Geological Survey of India had earlier notified that mountainous northeastern region could experience a devastating earthquake as the region, according to seismologists, falls in zone V, the sixth worst quake-prone belt in the world.

Assam experienced a massive tremor measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale Aug 15, 1950, that claimed some 1,500 lives.

The worst quake, measuring 8.7 was felt in the region in 1897. It killed 1,600 people.

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