Shillong: A moderate intensity earthquake jolted India’s north-eastern states and parts of Bhutan on Friday night. An official of the meteorological department said, “the quake had its epicentre in Assam’s Darrang district bordering China. It was measured 4.6 on the Richter Scale and occurred at 10:27 PM.” The quake lasted for about 10 to 12 seconds. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property.
Besides parts of Bhutan, tremors were felt in parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and adjoining areas of north-eastern region.
India’s northeast is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.
A 6.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken cities on Chile’s northern coast. No damages have been reported so far, but Chile’s National Emergency Office ordered a preventative evacuation of a stretch of coast near the city of Coquimbo.
Chilean authorities said the quake didn’t have the characteristics that would generate a tsunami. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System also ruled out a tsunami.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the magnitude-6.7 quake was 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, and had a depth of 53 kilometers. It struck at 7:32 p.m. local time.
A witness told Reuters there was minor damage to older buildings and power outages in the nearby coastal city of La Serena, a popular beach town about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Santiago.
“It felt very strong … the tourists were very nervous, but nothing serious happened,” Camila Castillo, a receptionist at a hotel in La Serena, told Reuters.
Chilean miner Antofagasta Plc said operations were normal at its Los Pelambres copper mine following the nearby earthquake.
Chile is located along the so-called Ring of Fire, which makes it one of the most seismic countries in the world.Chile is located along the so-called Ring of Fire, which makes it one of the most seismic countries in the world. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami in 2010 killed 525 people. (VOA)