Quake hits Assam and Bengal, ripple felt in neighbouring countries

Guwahati, June 28: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake in Assamís Kokrajhar district on Sunday has created panic across north east India and adjoining states. So far, two cases of injury due to quake has been reported. Ripple of the seismic event has also been felt in neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

No major damage to property has yet been reported.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Guwahati, the quake, with its epicentre about 20 km north of Assamís Basugaon town, occurred at 6.35 a.m. and had a depth of 10 km.

ďA wall collapsed in Kokrajhar district due to the tremor, injuring two people and damaging some bicycles parked nearby in the town,Ē a Kokrajhar district official said.

Cracks also appeared due to the quake in some buildings in Kokrajhar and some other parts of the state.

In north Bengal, the quake was felt in Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar districts, causing panic-stricken people to rush out of their homes.

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