Visual of Siliguri | Photo credit: ANI
New Delhi: An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale rocked Jammu and Kashmir at 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The epicenter was located 199 km north of the town of Kargil in the Ladakh region. Later at 5:43 a.m., another 3.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the district of Jhajjar in Haryana. Also on September 9, an earthquake of magnitude 3.8 on the Richter scale rocked the district of Jhajjar. At around 10:20 a.m., a magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook Assam and affected parts of Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Meghalaya.
Earthquake today in Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Meghalaya
The earthquake, which was felt around 10:20 a.m., lasted 15 to 20 seconds. The Shillong Central Seismological Observatory said the quake’s epicenter was two kilometers northwest of the town of Kokrajhar in Assam and at a depth of 10 km.
People quickly gathered on the roads, leaving their homes and offices in Guwahati. No reports of loss of life or property damage have been made. (READ ALSO: Earthquake hit parts of Assam today, tremors were felt in West Bengal, Bihar and Meghalaya)
The shock was felt in Calcutta and six districts in northern West Bengal. Press Agency PTI mentioned an unconfirmed report that a man, Samrat Das (22), suffered head injuries after he slipped down a staircase while evacuating a multi-story building in Siliguri, north Bengal. Das died en route to a hospital, his mother Usha Das, cited by the report, said.
In Bihar, tremors were felt in Patna, Araria, Kishanganj, Munger, Bhagalpur, Saharsa, Madhepura and Begusarai. The earthquake was also felt in the districts of Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur and Godda in Jharkhand. No casualties were reported in Shillong and other parts of Meghalaya.