Representational image of an earthquake. Location- Sonitpur, Assam
The people of Assam experienced a major jolt of an earthquake of 6.5 Ritcher scale. The National Centre of Seismology said that Sonitpur district was hit by the earthquake around 7:51 A.M.
The first earthquake took place 30 Km west of Tezpur and the depth of the quake was 6.21 miles. After the first shaking, two more aftershocks were felt at 7:55 A.M. and a few minutes after that. These were of 4.3 and 4.4 on the Ritcher scale.
Although the damages in some of the buildings are seen there has been no causality reported so far. The earthquake began in Assam but the tremors were sensed in North Bengal, Meghalaya, and other parts of North-East India.
News agency ANI quoted Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal saying,
"Big earthquake hits Assam. I pray for the well-being of all and urge everyone to stay alert. Taking updates from all districts."
Health Minister Hemanta Biswa also tweeted
Recently on April 5, an earthquake occurred near the Nepal-Sikkim border which marked 5.4 on the Ritcher scale. People felt the shakes in West Bengal, Bihar, and Assam.