North-East shaken by biggest quake in nine years

Shillong: A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, the biggest in nine years, shook the North-East early on Friday.

People ran out of their houses as the quake rocked buildings and houses triggering panic. There was, however, no damage to property, police said.

The quake, which occurred at 1.21 am with its epicentre at Myanmar-India border region, was the fourth moderate quake within a span of three weeks, officials at the Central Seismological Observatory here said.

While the quake lasted for around 20 seconds, its after-shocks were felt for over two minutes.

Two moderate intensity quakes, one measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale and another measuring 4.9 had shook the region on August 12 and August 19. Another measuring 5.3 was recorded on August 31.

The North-Eastern region, lying in the highest seismic risk zone, has experienced some of the world's worst quakes.

The 1897 quake that occurred in the Shillong plateau had left 1542 people dead.

Bureau Report