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Earthquake strikes Sikkim, tremors felt in Darjeeling, Siliguri

An earthquake measuring 5.0 magnitude struck Sikkim at 11.43 am, triggering closure of schools and colleges in the state.



Zee Media Bureau

Gangtok: An earthquake of 5.0 magnitude struck Sikkim at 11.43 am on Thursday, triggering closure of schools and colleges in the hilly state.

The epicentre of the quake was at a place in Sikkim whose latitude and longitude were 27.4 degree N and 88.5 degree E respectively, the sources said.

According to reports, some buildings have developed cracks and people are out on the streets.
Some schools announced holiday and a massive traffic jam was reported from there.

Tremors were felt in as far as Darjeeling and Siliguri.

A report from Siliguri said people came out of their houses in panic.

On September 18, 2011, the northern and eastern parts of the country were jolted after a powerful earthquake hit the Sikkim-Nepal border with a magnitude of 6.8 at 6.10 pm, leaving scores dead, besides causing extensive damage to buildings and roads.
The epicentre was about 69 km northwest of Gangtok, 119 km north-northwest of Siliguri and 272 km east of Kathmandu.

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