Shillong/Kohima: An earthquake of moderate intensity shook the north eastern states in the early hours on Sunday but there were no casualties or damage to property.
     
The regional seismological centre in Shillong told that the quake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale and took place around 1.25 am.
     
The quake was also felt in Itanagar, Guwahati and Agartala, besides Nagaland, the sources said.
     
The tremor epicentre was latitude 25.5 degrees north and longitude 94.2 degrees east in Kohima area of Nagaland.
    
It originated 35 km below the surface, India Meteorological Department sources said in Kohima.
    
Today's quake follows the one on July 1 which measured 5.4 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was located in Phek region of Nagaland.
    
Official sources said there was no report of any casualty or damage to property either in Meghalaya or Nagaland.

A general alert was sounded on Sunday on National Highway 44 in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, linking southern Assam Mizoram, Tripura and parts of Manipur, as incessant rainfall and a moderate intensity quake early on Sunday had triggered landslides in some parts of the area.
    
"We have sounded a general alert that NH 44 is unsafe for road users as loose earth could cause landslide and endanger the lives of road users," Khliehriat Sub Divisional Officer, S
C Laloo, told.
    
While traffic was closed during the night, more than 250 vehicles were stranded on both sides of the NH 44 in Jaintia Hills district since morning but were later cleared after the debris was taken care of by personnel of the Public Works Department, he said.
    
Traffic was opened only in the afternoon till 6 PM on Sunday and police were instructed not to allow heavy passenger vehicles to use the road especially at night, he added.
     
The moderate intensity earthquake and heavy rain in the area is said have resulted in a massive landslide touching Tongseng and Sonapur villages under Khliehriat Sub-Division, officials said, adding that no casualty was reported.

(Agencies)

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