Magnitude-5.2 earthquake hits Assam, tremors felt in Meghalaya, Bengal

Assam, July 7: An earthquake, measuring a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale, struck Goalpara in Assam on Wednesday morning, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) confirmed in an official alert. The epicentre of the quake was located 71km north of Tura in Meghalaya, the government agency monitoring seismic activity said, adding further details.

Earthquake of Magnitude: 5.2, Occurred on 07-07-2021, 08:45:25 IST, Lat: 26.15 & Long: 90.28, Depth: 14 Km, Location: 71km N of Tura, Meghalaya, India,” the National Center for Seismology tweeted.

Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) Deputy Director Sanjay O’neil Shaw said the place of occurrence was 71 km north of Tura in Meghalaya and the tremors were felt there too.

The earthquake made people in the districts of Lower Assam in Goalpara, including Guwahati, and Meghalaya run out of their homes in panic.

The tremors were also felt in northern districts of West Bengal, including Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri.

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Parts of Bangladesh, including Dhaka, Gaibandha, Bogura, and Rajshahi, also felt the jolt, local media reported.

There was no immediate report of any injury to anyone or damage to any property, officials said.

Northeastern India falls in the high seismic zone, making earthquakes frequently hit the region. A 6.4 magnitude quake had shaken the region on April 28.