Earthquake Hits Manipur, Leaves 10 Dead And 120 Injured

04/01/2016 10:25 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

10 people were killed and over 120 were injured when an earthquake measuring 6.8 struck near Imphal, Manipur on Monday, said reports.

According to Reuters, the epicentre of the quake was 57 kms (35 miles) deep and struck 29 kms west of Imphal. It snapped power supply to the city and sent people running out of their homes in the wee hours of the morning.

The quake occurred at 4.35 am.

Police in Imphal, capital of Manipur, said people were killed as walls, staircases and roofs in some buildings collapsed.

"It was the biggest earthquake we've felt in Imphal," disaster response worker Kanarjit Kangujam told Reuters.

Reportedly, people from Bangladesh and Nepal felt the earthquake too.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was in touch with authorities in the northeast:

An official at Myanmar's Meteorological Department in Naypyidaw said there were no reports of damage or casualties on the Myanmar side of the border.

In April and May 2015, two earthquakes struck Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people; and in October, an earthquake hit a remote area in Afghanistan, killing over 200 people and sent shockwaves as far as New Delhi.

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