Two folks died of shock and no less than 10 others sustained accidents after an earthquake of the magnitude of 6.4 struck Assam at 7.51 a.m. on Wednesday.
The earthquake, which was felt throughout Northeast India, Bihar, West Bengal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, additionally left a number of buildings and roads in the northern and western elements of the State broken.
The National Centre of Seismology (NCS) stated the epicentre of the earthquake at a depth of 10 km was Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district, and preliminary evaluation confirmed it was positioned close to the Kopili Fault nearer to the Himalayan Frontal Thrust.
“The area is seismically very active falling in the highest Seismic Hazard Zone V associated with collisional tectonics where Indian Plate subducts beneath the Eurasian Plate,” the NCS stated in an announcement, including that the final main earthquake in the area was of magnitude 6.0 on July 29, 1960.
“Two persons died due to shock or cardiac arrest. The deaths were reported from Chandrapur in Kamrup (Metropolitan) and Nagaon districts. We received reports that at least 10 people were injured in different parts of the State,” G.D. Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, stated.
He added that many high-rise buildings and resorts, largely in Guwahati, have been among the many constructions that suffered harm. Roads and fields, largely in Sonitpur and in the adjoining Darrang district, developed cracks, too.
Among the constructions broken was the brand new 126 ft Shivalinga-shaped Maha Mrityunjay temple in Nagaon district.
Locals in Dhekiajuli claimed a dry river at Gadhorjuli close by was stuffed with water quickly after the earthquake. But Sonitpur’s Deputy Commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh stated there was no official affirmation.
There have been comparable stories from agricultural fields elsewhere in Dhekiajuli.
Some inmates of flats in Guwahati determined towards returning to their lodging because the constructions developed cracks. But the Assam Real Estate & Infrastructure Developers’ Association (AREIDA) allayed fears.
“We have extensively surveyed the earthquake damage and found that these are primarily non-structural damage. We, therefore, request all to act responsibly and discourage the offensive practice of spreading panic,” AREIDA president P.Ok. Sarma stated.
Soon after the earthquake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi known as up Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took inventory of the state of affairs.
“PM @narendramodi ji is taking regular updates about the situation after the earthquake at Dhekiajuli this morning. Got a 2nd call from the Hon’ble PM within a span of few hours. I have apprised him about the latest situation,” Mr. Sonowal tweeted.
Wednesday’s earthquake left a path of destruction in western Arunachal Pradesh with no less than 22 homes — seven of them razed — broken in Tawang district. Two folks, injured after their homes collapsed, have been present process remedy, officers stated.
Several buildings in the adjoining West Kameng district suffered harm, too. There have been stories of quake-induced landslides, together with one between Membachur and Gorbow villages blocking an important street.
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