A magnitude 2.7 earthquake struck Sonitpur in Assam on Thursday morning, the National Seismological Center (NCS) said. This is the sixth earthquake that occurred in Sonitpur on Thursday after 12:00 p.m.
According to the NCS, the earthquake occurred at 2:38 a.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was 38 kilometers west-northwest of Tezpur at a depth of 11 kilometers.
Earlier today, earthquakes of magnitude 2.6, 2.9, 4.6, 2.7 and 2.3 on the Richter scale struck Sonitpur at 12:24, 1:10, 1:20, 1.41 hrs and 1.52h respectively.
Prior to that on Wednesday, around 10 earthquakes had struck Sonitpur throughout the day. The most serious of these was an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale that struck Sonitpur on Wednesday morning.
According to the National Seismic Center, the area is seismically very active and falls into the highest seismic hazard zone V associated with collision tectonics where the Indian plate subducts below the Eurasian plate.
“Historical and instrumental earthquake data (NCS catalog) reveal that the region is affected by moderate to large earthquakes and that the most important events among these are the July 29, 1960 earthquake in Assam of magnitude 6, 0, “NCS said in a statement.