A mild earthquake measuring 5.5 on richter scale hit the Tripura’s Ambassa on Tuesday. Tremors were also felt Guwahati’s Assam, ANI reported. The epicenter of the quake is not known so far.
As per National Centre for Seismology, the epicentre of the temblor was in Dhalai district in the north-eastern state.
“The 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit the region at 14:39 hrs. The epicentre was located at a depth of 28 km in the district,” it said.
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Some of the people ran out of their homes and shops, as the tremor ran through the region.
“It was the strongest earthquake that I have felt till date. It felt as if the whole building would collapse,” Pradip Mallik, an Agartala resident, was quoted as saying by PTI.
“It was terrible as the quake lasted for about one and half minutes,” Biswajit Bhattacharya, a resident of the area, said.
At least 30 houses developed cracks, officiating Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kamalpur in Dhalai, Amitava Chakma, said. “It was the strongest earthquake that I have experienced till date. It felt as if the whole building would collapse,” Pradip Mallik, an Agartala resident, said.
The quake was traced to a location in Ambassa area, about 59 km from Agartala, an official at the Regional Seismological Centre told PTI.
The officer-in-charge of Dhalai and Unakoti districts of state fire service department, Sukumar Debbarma, said landslides occurred in a number of places in a five-km radius along the Chhamanu-Gobindabari road.