5.4 magnitude quake hits Meghalaya

Guwahati: An earthquake of moderate intensity rocked parts of Meghalaya, Assam and other North Eastern states on Tuesday.

The epicentre of the quake, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, was located in the East Garo Hills in Meghalaya and the quake took place at 1312 hrs, the Seismological Centre in Shillong said.

The tremor was felt at 1.12 p.m. with its epicentre located in Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district, said an official of the Regional Seismological Centre in Shillong.

"We felt the earthquake in the district, but we have no immediate reports of any casualty or damage," East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Cyril Diengdoh said.

"I have alerted all the BDOs (Block Development Officers) to send me an immediate report," he said.

Seven of the north-eastern states -- Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur -- are considered by seismologists as the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.



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