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  1. Earthquake in India: Quake in Assam measured at 4.2 magnitude hits Dhemaji, creates panic, people rush outdoors

Earthquake in India: Quake in Assam measured at 4.2 magnitude hits Dhemaji, creates panic, people rush outdoors

Earthquake in India: Quake in Assam measured at 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale created panic and forced people to rush outdoors due to the severity of the shaking of their dwellings.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 17, 2017 1:40 PM
The earthquake in Assam had hit the Dhemaji region and the timing was 11.50 am today.

Earthquake in India: Quake in Assam that was measured at 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale created panic and forced people to rush outdoors due to the severity of the shaking of their dwellings. The earthquake in Assam had hit the Dhemaji region and the timing was 11.50 am today. While the rumbling and shaking were terrifying, no reports of any injuries or damage to property have been reported so far. Life returned to normal thereafter, but some people preferred to stay out just to be cautious in case another temblor does not happen. Notably, another quake had shaken entire North India just days ago. That one was even more terrifying as it happened in darkness.

Yesterday, a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake has rocked Indonesia’s main island of Java, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.

Meanwhile, on December 11, a moderate intensity quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale shook Meghalaya. No report of any casualty came in. Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre here said the epicentre was at a depth of 60 km in remote East Garo Hills district. The quake, that lasted for a few seconds, occurred at around 9.05 am. Meghalaya and the seven other north eastern states fall in Zone 5 of the country’s earthquake zoning map. According to the zoning map, Zone 5 is associated with the highest level of seismicity.

On December 11 itself, a medium intensity earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Jammu and Kashmir. According to the National Seismology Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the earthquake occurred at 4:28 am at a depth of 33 Km. There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property.

The report of Jammu and Kashmir’s earthquake comes few days after moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale hit the Ladakh region on December 7. The tremors were also felt across Jammu and Kashmir. As per officials, the epicentre of the earthquake was recorded near the India-China border in the Ladakh region. The epicentre of the December 7 earthquake was near J&K-Xingjian border and its coordinates are latitude 35.5 degrees north and longitude 77.6 degrees east. Geologically, the Valley is situated in an earthquake-vulnerable region.

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