Earthquake in India: Manipur shaken by 5.2 scale quake

By: | Updated: February 24, 2017 7:23 PM

Earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolts Manipur.

Earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolts Manipur. (Reuters)

Earthquake in India: Earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolts Manipur, says Earth Sciences Ministry. The Earth Sciences Ministry has reported an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolts in Manipur. No deaths have been reported yet. Another powerful earthquake struck was experienced in Manipur on January 4, the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake of magnitude 6.8 was 57 km (35 miles) deep and struck 29 km (18 miles) west of Imphal, the capital of Manipur, bordering Myanmar. In last earthquake at least nine people were killed and nearly 200 injured. Many were injured trying to rescue those trapped in rubble hampered by severed power supplies and telecommunication links.

Last time Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked him to oversee the situation arising due to the earthquake. The PM also spoke to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and other chief ministers in the region to take stock of the situation. Chief Minister Ibobi Singh said that they were trying to assess the extent of the damage.

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This time the earthquake took place at around 5.55 PM. The last quake struck while many residents were asleep, and roofs and staircases of some buildings collapsed in Imphal. The earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, occurred at 4.37 a.m and had its epicentre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district bordering. Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan felt the quake too. Residents complained of authorities’ slow response, saying that although the army had begun to clear debris, it appeared to be short of heavy equipment.

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