Northeast rocks as 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Tibet

Northeast rocks as 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Tibet

The quake struck at a depth of about 10 km and was followed by another of 5.0 magnitude at 6.00 am.

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A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on Richter Scale jolted Tibet’s Nyingchi prefecture, near India-China border region in Arunachal Pradesh. (Source: Google Maps)

People across the Northeastern region woke up to a tremor last a couple of seconds at around 4:04 AM on Saturday as a major earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit south-eastern Tibet. There is however no report of any loss of life or damage to property from any of the Northeastern states.

Reports quoting local citizens said the tremor was felt strongly in Itanagar, the capital of Itanagar, as well as in other towns like Aalo, Anini, Tuting, Gelling, Yingkiong and Mechuka. It was also felt in Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tezpur, Guwahati and other places in Assam as also in Kohima in Nagaland.

The India Meteorological department (IMD) website that despribed the earthquake as of “moderate” intensity, put the epicenter at Latitude 30.1 degree North and Longitude 95.1 degree East. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake that had a depth of 10 km was largely felt in the China-Indua border region, with the nearest Indian town Aalo in Arunachal Pradesh just about 184 km south of the epicenter.

The US Geological Survey website however described it as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, and specifically mentioned Nyingchi (more known as Linzhi), the administrative headquarter of Bayi district in south-east Tibet.