10 people were killed and over 120 were injured when an earthquake measuring 6.8 struck near Imphal, Manipur on Monday, said reports.
WATCH: Aftermath of Manipur #earthquake that hit the region yesterday (Early morning visuals)January 5, 2016
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.
Due to a mud house collapse in Manipur, one person has died-HM Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/ULAXg38owb— ANI (@ANI_news) January 4, 2016
"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:
Spoke to Rajnath ji, who is in Assam, on the situation arising due to the earthquake & asked him to oversee the situation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2016
Had a telephone conversation with Assam CM Shri Tarun Gogoi on the earthquake in the state & the region.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2016
Spoke to Arunachal Pradesh CM Shri Nabam Tuki on the situation arising in the wake of the earthquake.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2016
Manipur CM Shri Okram Ibobi Singh and I had a telephone conversation. We discussed the post-earthquake situation in Manipur & Northeast.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2016
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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