A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Assam on Wednesday morning. Several houses and buildings were damaged. Tremors were felt in Bengal too. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Sonitpur district and was followed by two aftershocks of 4 and 3.1 magnitude respectively.
The quake occurred at 7.51 am at a depth of 17 kilometres, according to the National Centre for Seismology.
The entire northeast region, including neighbouring Meghalaya, has felt the tremors. Parts of West Bengal too felt the aftershock.
“Big earthquake hits Assam. I pray for the well-being of all and urge everyone to stay alert. Taking updates from all districts,” tweeted Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that the epicentre was in Dhekiajuli town in Sonitpur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to say that he spoke to Sonowal and assured all help from the Centre. “Spoke to Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal Ji regarding the 6.4 magnitude earthquake in parts of the state. Assured all possible help from the Centre. Praying for the well-being of the people of Assam,” he tweeted.
Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted, “Have spoken to Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal to assess the condition in different parts of the state after an earthquake. Central govt stands firmly with our sisters and brothers of Assam. Praying for everyone’s safety and well-being.” Many buildings in Tezpur, the district headquarters of Sonitpur, Guwahati and other places developed cracks.