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Earthquake jolts northeastern India, at least 5 dead and 100 injured


RANCHI/IMPHAL/GUWAHATI: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolted Manipur where at least five persons were killed and 100 injured, reportedly as it hit northeastern India early Monday morning at around 4:36 am.

There is large-scale damage in Imphal with many houses reporting huge cracks. Walls of many building have also collapsed.

The epicenter was in Tamenglong district, in Manipur according to the Indian Meteorological department whereas state government officials said the epicenter was at Noney village in Tamenglong around 35 km from Imphal.

Principal Secretary Suresh Babu said that the government is assessing the situation and providing all help to the victims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that an NDRF team has been instructed to move from Guwahati to the areas affected by the earthquake. “Spoke to Rajnath Ji, who is in Assam, on the situation arising due to the earthquake & asked him to oversee the situation,” PM Modi tweeted. The Prime Minister’s office also tweeted saying PM Modi is continuously monitoring the situation in the Northeast. “He spoke to Arunachal Pradesh CM Shri Nabam Tuki,” the office tweeted.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, currently in Guwahati, also felt the earthquake in the country’s highest Zone V earthquake risk zone. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to oversee the situation and tweeted about his presence.

Assam, Manipur, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Bihar are the states where tremors are reported. A few people on social networks said they’ve seen cracks appearing in many buildings.

Imphal’s famous women’s market building has been damaged along with some buildings that were badly damaged even as people rushed out from their houses in the quake-hit areas. Several household objects fell and broke as the ground shook for more than a minute, says Shivachandra Singh, an Imphal resident. Works minister Ratan Khumujam today assessed the situation.

“I felt someone was waking me up. When I woke up, I felt it was a strong tremor,” Sudhir Kumar a resident of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand said. No phone calls were received to  the officials in the state’s disaster management department. In Guwahati, people were seen running out their homes towards open spaces.

The compound wall of Congress MLA N Biren Singh’s official residence at Kangla pat collapsed. Singh told that assessment of the damages is being made by the government.
India, in May, had previously witnessed a massive earthquake that shattered Nepal into pieces, which rattled the country by a powerful tremor with a magnitude of 7.4 today at 12:35 pm near Zham, 22 km away from China and Nepal border. Slight effects of the quake were also observed in India. Newsgram covered the story and below is the link with detailed information:

Massive 7.4 earthquake again wobbles Nepal and North Indian region


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Earthquake Then Volcano, There is No Relief For the Hawaii Residents

Hundreds of people have evacuated from Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people, and Lanipuna Gardens.

Hawaii Could Face Volcanic Smog, Acid Rain
Hawaii Could Face Volcanic Smog, Acid Rain. Pixabay

A massive quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale jolted Hawaii residents were evacuating from their homes following a volcanic eruption that has not showed any signs of slowing down, authorities said.

The temblor that struck 16 km southwest of Leilani Estates at 12.32 p.m., on Friday, was one of more than 110 earthquakes that hit the island since the Kilauea volcano, one of the world’s most active, erupted on Wednesday, reports CNN.

US Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist Jana Pursley said there have been 119 earthquakes on the Big Island since Thursday afternoon.

The USGS said Friday’s 6.9 quake was the most powerful on the island since 1975.

About 14,000 customers of Hawaii Electric Light lost power immediately after the earthquake.

About 14,000 customers of Hawaii Electric Light lost power immediately after the earthquake.
Earthquake in Hawaii, IANS

The quake has knocked out power to residents who were already dealing with mandatory evacuation orders, molten rock and high levels of sulphur dioxide in the air.

The situation wasn’t getting any better, Civil Defence Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters on Friday afternoon.

“Activity continues. It doesn’t look like it is slowing down,” CNN quoted Magno as saying.

He said five volcanic vents have opened and indicated that at least one house and another structure were destroyed by lava.

It is highly unusual to see the vents so far from Kilauea volcano, he said.

Hundreds of people have evacuated from Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people, and Lanipuna Gardens.

Harry Kim, Mayor of Hawaii County, said the government will support residents, including those who want to go back to their homes to pick up some belongings.

“We have to work with them as to how we are going to minimise (the inconveniences) as best as possible,” he said.

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Kim said people who want to check on their homes would be allowed into the neighbourhoods.

Cracks in Kilauea volcano’s rift zone — an area of fissures miles away from the summit — erupted on Thursday and early Friday, spurting lava near the island’s eastern edge.

Video posted on social media showed lava spewing several feet into the air from a new crack in a Leilani Estates street.

Aerial videos showed lava searing a long orange and smoky line through a wooded area.

Hawaii Governor David Ige has activated the National Guard to help with evacuations and security. (IANS)