Powerful quake hits Assam, tremors felt across Northeast

At least 10 persons were injured as a powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted Assam and other Northeast states on April 28.

A number of aftershocks were recorded in the hours after the first quake which shook Sonitpur in northern Assam at 7.51 am on April 28.

According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the tremors were also felt in North Bengal and other Northeast states, including Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring Bhutan.

As per the disaster management officials in Guwahati, there were reports of damage to buildings, roads and some other infrastructure in different parts of Guwahati, Sonitpur, Tezpur, Nagaon, Morigaon and adjoining areas. Detailed reports were awaited.

Chief executive officer of Assam Disaster Management Authority, GD Tripathi, said that no human casualty has been reported yet, but 10 persons were injured in Darrang, Kamrup Metro, Nagaon and Sonitpur districts.

The official said that several apartments, buildings and hotels developed cracks. Electricity and gas supply were disrupted in some places.

The NCS data said that after the first quake, 10 aftershocks of magnitude 2.9 to 4.7 on the Richter scale were recorded over the next around 10 hours (until 5.40 pm) in the vicinity of Sonitpur, Nagaon, Morigaon, Darrang, Kamrup Metro districts.

The earthquake struck at 7.51 am on April 28 at a depth of 17 km from the surface.

According to a report of the NCS, the epicentre is closer to the plate boundary and located at about 80 km northeast of Guwahati and 132 km north of Shillong.

“The earthquake was also felt in some parts of Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh,” the NCS report said.

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