Three quakes hit Meghalaya, Assam

July 27th, 2010 - 11:12 am ICT by IANS  

Shillong, July 27 (IANS) Three earthquakes shook parts of Meghalaya and Assam within eight hours Tuesday, triggering panic among residents. No casualties were reported.
The first tremor measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale with its epicentre at Barpeta region in Assam was felt at 12.43 a.m. in Meghalaya and Assam, an official at the Central Seismological Centre here told IANS.

Another light intensity tremor measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale hit Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya, at 7.52 a.m., while the third tremor with 2.4 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Shillong again at 8.16 a.m., the official said.

The epicentres of both the earthquakes were located 22 km away from the Central Seismological Centre at Upper Shillong.

Seven northeastern states are considered by seismologists to be the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world.

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