India earthquake: 6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Sikkim in north India

By on Sep 18, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments

Updated: September 19, 2011 2:20 a.m.

Read India earthquake raised to 6.9 magnitude, 12 casualties in India and Nepal, 2 aftershocks followed

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the northern part of India on Sunday, September 18, 2011, with no tsunami warning being issued and no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

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As reported by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on its official website, this latest India earthquake struck at 6:10 p.m. (local time) Sunday night and had a depth of 20.7 kilometers (12.9 miles).

According to USGS, the quake’s epicenter is located at 68 km (42 miles) northwest of Gangtok, Sikkim or 119 kilometers (73 miles) north northwest of Shiliguri, West Bengal.

Meanwhile, Indian news sites noted that tremors were felt in Delhi and many parts of north India including Guwahati, Kolkata, Lucknow, Jaipur, Jharkhand and Patna.

Apparently, electricity was cut in Gangtok and Darjeeling while telephone lines were also affected in some part of Sikkim; with some of its buildings were said to have developed some cracks.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly talked with Sikkim’s Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and instructed the cabinet minister to immediately coordinate with respective government agencies.

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