An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar today, with tremors being strongly felt in Patna, Guwahati and Kolkata. Offices and colleges in Kolkata were evacuated, people there talked of “horrible shaking” and said the tremors lasted at least 10 seconds.
“Tremors were felt across eastern and central India, with residents across Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Guwahati reporting quakes.”
Earthquake in Myanmar: 6.8 magnitude tremors reported, impact felt till Kolkata, Patna, Guwahati, Agartala
The depth of the earthquake is stated to be 91 kilometres, as per European Mediterranean Seismological Centre. The exact location of the earthquake epicentre is reported to be 190 km Southwest of Mandalay.
“We felt the tables were shaking,” said a young college student. “Everyone ran away from the classroom, we were like Oh My God” said her friend.
In Patna, the tremors lasted about three seconds, adding that the quake was felt across the state of Bihar.
Earlier this week, an earthquake epicentred in Haryana and registering at 3.7 on the Richter scale was felt in parts of Delhi.
A high-level alert has been issued in Myanmar. The earthquake comes a day after the 5.3 magnitude earthquake felt in the regions of Indo-Myanmar border. However, the earthquake felt today is evidently much more powerful and could’ve lead to massive loss of property in Myanmar. An alert is also expected to be issued in northeastern parts of India.