A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the India-Myanmar border this morning, killing five people and injuring at least 50.
The strong tremor was felt across north east India, Myanmar and in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, where television reports said at least 24 people were taken to hospital after being injured in the scramble that ensued.
The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 4.35am local time, 18 miles west-north west of the Indian city of Imphal.
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A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the India-Myanmar border this morning, killing one person and injuring at least 50. This image shows the damage caused in the north-eastern Indian city of Imphal, capital of Manipur state
‘Books were falling from the shelves. I thought the house would collapse,’ Imphal resident Yurreipem Arthur told AFP by phone from the city, capital of Manipur state.
There were similar scenes in the northeast Indian city of Guwahati, where some buildings were reported to have been damaged by the tremor.
The tremors were felt as far away as Kolkata some 400 miles distant in the Indian state of West Bengal, where buildings shook.
‘Many people were seen coming out of their homes in panic,’ said local resident Rabin Dev.
India’s seven north eastern states, joined to the rest of the country by a narrow sliver of land, are located in an area of frequent seismic activity. The border region is remote and sparsely populated on the Myanmar side.
In 1950, dozens of villages were swallowed in a string of disasters generated by a powerful earthquake whose epicentre was in Tibet but which caused the greatest destruction to India’s Assam state.
The strong tremor was felt across north east India, Myanmar and in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, where television reports said at least 24 people were taken to hospital after being injured in the scramble that ensued
Residents in Imphal (pictured) thought their homes were going to collapse during the strong early morning tremor
More than 1,500 people died in the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.6, and its disastrous aftermath of landslides and floods.
The USGS initial impact assessment said ‘some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localised’.
It said buildings in the area were largely ‘highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking’.USGS issued a yellow alert for casualties and damage, with a 35 percent likelihood of between one and 10 deaths from the tremor.