An earthquake of magnitude 6 struck India’s rugged northeastern state of Assam on Wednesday (Apr 28), causing cracks in the walls and floors of some structures. The quake hit at a depth of 34km in Tezpur, near the town of Dhekiajuli, 140km north of the main city of Guwahati. It may have lasted for at least 30 second. People streamed into the streets for fear of tremors. Residents said there were cracks on the walls in some houses and on floors. Strong tremors were repeatedly felt in several north-eastern parts of India and neighbouring Bhutan. Seven aftershocks of magnitude 3.2 to 4.7 were recorded in the hours after the first quake shook up the region. Videos emerging from Assam show walls have collapsed, windows were shattered in some areas due to the impact of the earthquake. Cracks have been spotted in some buildings. No immediate casualties were reported.
“We don’t have reports of any casualties but we are seeing images and visuals of extensive damage,” Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told media. PM Narendra Modi spoke to Assam CM Sonowal over the earthquake. In a tweet, PM Modi said, “Spoke to Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal Ji regarding the earthquake in parts of the state. Assured all possible help from the Centre. I pray for the well-being of the people of Assam.” Earlier this month, an earthquake of magnitude 2.7 hit Tinsukia in Assam on April 6. A day before that, another earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale hit Sikkim-Nepal border.