Published On : Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

6.8 earthquake in Myanmar, tremors in Bengal, Bihar, north-east

New Delhi/Nagpur:
If you’ve just joined us, an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit Myanmar this afternoon with tremors felt across east India. Reports of tremors have been felt across West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and Tripura.

No reports of any casualties or damage to buildings, so far.

Metro services in Kolkata have been temporarily suspended.

Reports say the tremors were felt for a few seconds across the eastern swathes of India with a few people panicking and fleeing buildings.

Deeptanshu Basu (22), an intern working with an NGO Antara, in suburban Kolkata, said, “The tremors may have lasted between 15 and 20 seconds, but nobody panicked.”

Urmi Ray, a homemaker, living in south Kolkata, said she was in her car when she heard people on the road shouting, “Bhoomikompo!”, but the tremors were barely felt.

Last week a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit Myanmar-India border region.