Earthquake in India Kills Eight

A strong earthquake damaged buildings, killed at least eight people and injured more than 100 in India’s remote northeast region early Monday.

The death and injuries were caused by falling debris. Manipur state’s home minister, G. Gaikhangam, said several areas suffered extensive damage, especially the capital, Imphal. He did not give details but told reporters the situation was still being assessed.

Three people were killed in Imphal and five in other parts of the state, said police officer A.K. Jalajit.

Media reports said five people were killed in neighboring Bangladesh, but there was no official confirmation.

The 6.7-magnitude tremor left large cracks in walls, damaged a bridge on the outskirts of the capital and caused a newly constructed six-story building to collapse. The region is dotted with small houses with few tall buildings.

India’s Meteorological Department said the epicenter was in the Tamenglong region of Manipur. It struck 35 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of Imphal, 17 kilometers (10 miles) below the surface and not far from the border with Myanmar.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Only eight?

    • A few years ago, an earthquake killed many people in neighbouring Pakistan. A professor from Japan noted that mere boxing tape around primitive clay houses could have prevented many deaths.