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5.9 magnitude quake shakes North-East

Guwahati/Shillong: An earthquake of moderate intensity on Wednesday rocked Assam and the North East region, leading panic-stricken people to run out of their houses for safety.

There was no report of casualty or major damage to property so far though there were reports of minor cracks in some buildings in Nagaon district, police said.

The epicenter of the quake, measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, was located at a depth of 89 km underneath the earth's crust along the Indo-Myanmar border region, according to the Regional Seismological Centre in Shillong.

Lasting for almost a minute, the tremor at 7:12 AM was felt in most parts of the region, including Kohima in Nagaland, Guwahati, Nagaon, Silchar in Assam, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Sillong in Meghalaya, Agartala in Tripura and Imphal in Manipur.

As the tremor rattled doors and windows of houses, panic-stricken people ran out of their houses for safety, police said.

Mizoram Geology and Mineral Resources department Joint Director Dr H Lallenmawia said the epicentre was in Phek district of Nagaland.

Lallenmawia said the technical information about the quake was received from the seismological centre of the North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat in Assam.

An Imphal report said the quake lasted in Manipur for almost a minute.

(Agencies)

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