Two earthquakes, one measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale and the other 3.8, rocked Assam in a span of about two hours in the early hours of Friday, forcing people to jump out of bed and run outdoors.
While the first tremor, which lasted about seven seconds, was felt at 3:35 AM, it was followed by smaller one at 5:50 AM.
The Met department website put the epicenter of the first earthquake at a place in Sonitpur district at 26.8 N Latitude and 92.7 E Longitude, and that of the second tremor in Morigaon district at 26.3 N Latitude and 92.4 E Longitude. The depth of both the tremors has been put at 10 km.
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Geomorphologically located in earthquake zone V of the Indian subcontinent, the Northeastern region is marked as a highly seismic area.
With these, the Northeastern region along with adjoining Bangladesh, Myanmar and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have recorded as many as nine earthquakes in the current month.
The earlier seven earthquakes felt in the region were Andaman & Nicobar Islands (April 3, magnitude 4), Bangladesh (April 8, magnitude 4.5), Sonitpur, Assam (April 9, magnitude 3.1), West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya (April 9, magnitude 2.8), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (April 9, magnitude 5.1), Chandel, Manipur (April 12, magnitude 3.5) and Myanmar (April 15, magnitude 4.1).