Earthquake jolts east India

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Pratikshit Gupta, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale that hit the Myanmar-India border region shook several parts of northeastern India, as also West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and even Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). Many people were injured in Bengal and Manipur, officials said.

The quake was felt at 7.25 p.m. and occured at a depth of 134 km below the earth’s surface. It snapped communication — mobile and landline connectivity — for a while in some parts and caused damage to some buildings in cities like Guwahati in Assam.

People busy shopping for the Bengali New Year at malls in Kolkata ran out to the streets, driven by fear and panic even as multi-storeyed buildings emptied out quickly as residents rushed down to the streets.

At least 10-12 people suffered minor injuries in north Bengal. While some of them fell on the stairs in their mad rush to come out of buildings, a few others tripped while running on the streets.

Jolts were felt in Delhi and the National Capital Region, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

On 10 April, a major earthquake jolted parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, in which two people were killed and 10 injured in Pakistan. In Pakistan, officials had said the earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale hit parts of the country’s northern and eastern regions. The tremors on Sunday were also felt all across northern India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

These frequent earthquakes show that we quickly need a warning system to prevent extensive losses of lives and property.

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