Guwahati: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on Richter scale hit Sikkim at 8:50 pm on Monday, the effects of which were felt across the Northeast region, including Assam. The tremors were felt as far as West Bengal and Bihar.
The 5.4 magnitude quake occurred at 8.49 pm IST at a depth of 10 km near the India-Bhutan border, India’s National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said.
Tremors were felt in Gangtok and other parts of the Himalayan state, a state government official said.
People got frightened and rushed out of their houses but no loss of life or property has been reported so far in Sikkim.
Tremors were also felt in Darjeeling, Dhupguri (Jalpaiguri), Siliguri, Coochbehar, Raiganj (Uttar Dinajpur) in West Bengal, and Purnia and several other parts of Bihar, the NCS official said.
Asked whether there is any possibility of aftershocks, the official said, “Generally, aftershocks do not occur following any quake below the magnitude of six. So, in this case, there is no possibility of aftershocks.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the chief ministers of Bihar, Assam and Sikkim about the situation in their respective states in the aftermath of the earthquake, government sources said.
“PM Narendra Modi is taking stock of the damage due to the earthquake. He is speaking to chief ministers of all 4 affected states and has already spoken to the CMs of Bihar, Assam and Sikkim,” the sources said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar informed the prime minister that the state’s Disaster Management Department and district magistrates concerned have been put on alert, a communication issued by the CMO said.
They have been asked to make a quick assessment of the damage caused by the tremors, if any, and take remedial measures at the earliest, Kumar said.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that he called up Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and enquired about her well-being as she is in Siliguri.
“Had telephone conversation @MamataOfficial to enquire her well-being as Earthquake Tremors Felt In North Bengal.
Hon’ble CM is at Siliguri presently. Relieved to learn all well at her end,” he tweeted.
The Himalayas are prone to earthquakes and are known for high-seismic activity.
Strong tremors were also felt in Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh after the earthquake Monday night. The quake reportedly was also felt in parts of China.
Later, a mild earthquake of 4.1 magnitude hit north Bengal on Tuesday morning, as per the National Center for Seismology.
The earthquake, the second to hit the region in less than 10 hours, occurred at 7.07 am and the location was 64 km east of Siliguri, it said.
The depth was 10 km, it added.
There was no immediate report of any damage or losses, officials said.
However, people came out of their homes in panic as the tremors were felt across the north Bengal districts of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Darjeeling.
The impact was also felt in parts of Sikkim.
On Monday night, an earthquake of 5.4 magnitude hit Sikkim with tremors being also felt in the states of Assam, West Bengal and Bihar.
This story was updated on April 6, with reports of another quake in North Bengal.
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