The epicentre of the magnitude 5.four earthquake on the Sikkim-Nepal border was 25 km east-southeast of Gangtok. It struck at a depth of 10km from the floor and tremors had been reported as distant as in West Bengal, a number of elements of Bihar and Assam.

PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 08:05 AM IST

An earthquake measuring 5.four magnitude hit the Sikkim-Nepal border on Monday evening, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) mentioned. Tremors had been felt throughout japanese India, within the states of West Bengal, Assam and Bihar. Officials knowledgeable information company PTI that there is no such thing as a chance of aftershocks–usually recognized to accompany earthquakes of a lot increased magnitudes. “Generally, aftershocks do not occur following any quake below the magnitude of six. So, in this case, there is no possibility of aftershocks,” PTI quoted an NCS official as saying, when requested about the potential of aftershocks following the earthquake.

The earthquake occurred at 8:49pm at a depth of 10km close to the India-Bhutan border, PTI reported, including that the results had been instantly felt in Sikkim’s capital Gangtok and different elements of the Himalayan state. Tremors had been additionally reported as distant as in West Bengal’s Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Coochbehar, and Raiganj, in addition to in Purnia and a number of other different elements of Bihar, and Assam. The earthquake’s epicentre was 25 km east-southeast (ESE) of Gangtok and it struck at a depth of 10km from the floor close to the India-Bhutan border.

The earthquake triggered frightened individuals to hurry out of their residences. No lack of life or property has nevertheless been reported to this point, a Sikkim authorities official was cited as saying. After the earthquake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took inventory and spoke to the chief ministers of Bihar, Assam and Sikkim concerning the state of affairs of their respective states, individuals aware of the event informed HT.

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