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.