5.5-magnitude earthquake hits eastern Indian states
Guwahati, India - An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the large part of eastern India on Wednesday resulting in the accidental death of a person, officials said.
The quake, which occurred at a depth of 13km around 10:20am with its epicentre in Kokrajhar district in the northeastern state of Assam, also rocked parts of the adjacent state of Meghalaya, apart from Bihar and West Bengal in eastern India, an India Meteorological Department official said.
An Assam State Disaster Management Authority official said there was no report of any major damage in the state so far.
Strong tremors were also felt in the neighbouring country of Bangladesh, The Indian Express reported.
A man died in the eastern state of West Bengal during the earthquake, reports said.
An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale occurred in Jammu and Kashmir, a disaster management department official said. The quake was felt at 5:15am and the epicentre was located 199km north of Kargil town in the Ladakh region, he said.
Family members of a youth mourns his death after he fell from a staircase during an earthquake in Siliguri, West Bengal on Wednesday