Moderate earthquake rocks North East India
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, April 4: An earthquake of moderate intensity on Thursday rocked parts of northeastern India including Nagaland. The quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale had its epicentre in Senapati district of Manipur.
The India Meteorological Department stated that the tremor had a depth of 50 km with latitude 25.4 degrees north and longitude 94.3 degrees east.
Here in Nagaland, the quake occurred at 1:15 pm, and was felt in Dimapur and some parts of the state. The earthquake was felt in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya and adjoining areas of northeastern region also.
However, there were no reports of casualties or damage to property.
India’s northeastern states—Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur—are considered by seismologists as the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.
Earthquake-prone areas in the India have been identified on basis of scientific inputs relating to seismicity, earthquakes occurred in the past and tectonic setup of the region. Based on these inputs, Bureau of Indian Standards has grouped the country into four seismic zones, viz. Zone 2, 3, 4 and 5. Of these, Zone 5 is seismically the most active region. The entire Northeast of India belongs to the group Zone 5.
With inputs from IANS and PIB