A powerful earthquake hits Myanmar measuring of 6.8 on Wednesday at around 4:10 pm. Tremors were also felt in West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and other North-Eastern states of India. Mild tremors were felt in Northern India as well.
According to National Centre for Seismology, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences, the epicenter of the quake was in Myanmar and it occurred at 4:04 PM at a depth of 58 kms. Tremors were also felt in Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and some other parts of northeast India, People panicked and fled out of buildings in Kolkata, Metro services were briefly stopped in Kolkata after tremors were felt in the West Bengal capital. Many offices too were closed. There are no reports of casualties yet.
The quake shook buildings in buildings in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon and in other towns and cities, witnesses said. Office buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok, to the east of Myanmar, shook for a few seconds, residents there said. The quake was also felt in Bangladesh, to the west of Myanmar, residents said.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, and was felt in Thailand, Bangladesh and India.
The India Meteorological Department which confirmed the news said that many parts of the State felt the tremors which left people panicky. In Bhubaneswar, people ran out to open spaces as the tremors lasted for several seconds. This is the second earthquake to have occurred on the day. Earlier, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale.