Jan 4, 2016: About six persons were killed and more than 100 others injured in Manipur in a high intensity earthquake that hit the north-east early today morning. The quake occurred at 4.35 AM at a depth of 17 km below the ground. The epicentre is located at somewhere in Tamenglong district of Manipur. The epicentre has been located at Long 24.8 Deg North and Lat 93.5 Deg East.
The earthquake was felt in parts of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura. Death toll has risen to 6 and nearly 100 have been injured till reports last came in. India’s northeast is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world. Many buildings collapsed in Tamenglong while several others in Imphal, including the market complex, developed cracks, sources said.
Electricity connection was cut off in Manipur soon after the quake and was yet to be restored. A girl was killed in a building collapse at Tamenglong distrtict, while another person died at Taobungkhok village in Imphal West district. As per the India Meteorological Department, fresh earthquake of magnitude 3.6 felt at 9:27 AM in Manipur. Top officials of National Crisis Management Committee are conducting a meeting to assess the situation after earthquake in Manipur.
Ministry of Home Affairs has said that there is continuous communication with the state government; NDMA is monitoring and coordinating all relief activities in the quake-hit area. Manipur Chief Minister to visit Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal where injured persons are being treated.