Earthquake of magnitude 5.5 hits Mizoram; second quake in less than 24 hours
Aizawl | Jagran News Desk: An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale struck Mizoram at the wee hours of Monday, said the National Centre for Seismology. However, no damage or any kind of injury has been reported so far.
According to the National Centre for Seismology, the epicentre of the earthquake -- which occured at 4.10 am on Monday -- was located 27 km south-southwest of Champhai.
This was the second earthquake that hit Mizoram in less than 24 hours. On Sunday at around 4.15 pm, a moderate intensity earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on Richter Scale had struck Mizoram.
The 5.1 magnitude quake hit at around 4:15 pm and was tracked at a depth of 35 km from the earth's surface at a place near Aizawl in Mizoram, an official at the Regional Seismic Centre told news agency PTI.
According to Regional Seismic Centre officials, the earthquake was also felt in other parts of northeast, including Mizoram, Meghalaya and Manipur. However, there was no report of any casualty or damage to property in the any of the states.
The Meghalaya police said there was no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property in the state. The Manipur DGP Control Room said therere is no report of any casualty or damage of property in the state.
In the last few days, earthquakes have been felt in many parts of the country including the national capital Delhi. However, experts have said that the recent tremors in Delhi-NCR do not point towards a big event though a strong earthquake cannot be ruled.
All the earthquakes in Delhi-NCR are due to the release of strain energy which has been accumulated as a result of northward movement of the Indian tectonic plate and its collision with the Eurasian plate through the fault or weak zones, the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology said in a statement.
"Though our understanding, in terms of when, where and with how much energy (or magnitude) an earthquake can occur, is not clear, but the vulnerability of a region can be understood from the past seismicity, calculation of strain budget, mapping of active faults," it added.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma