Mizoram earthquake: Indian PM Modi offers 'all possible support' after 5.5-magnitude quake hits northeast

Several houses and buildings damaged and cracks appear in roads, an official says

Adam Withnall
Monday 22 June 2020 07:13
The 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mizoram state in India, but was felt in neighbouring Bangladesh and in Myanmar to the east
The 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mizoram state in India, but was felt in neighbouring Bangladesh and in Myanmar to the east

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 struck the state of Mizoram in northeastern India on Monday morning, the country's seismology centre said, with shaking also felt in neighbouring Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Impacts were reported in the border town of Champai, where several houses and buildings were damaged and cracks appeared in roads, a state official told Indian media.

India's prime minister Narendra Modi said he had spoken to the state's chief minister and assured him of "all possible support from the [central government]".

Amit Shah, the home minister, also said he had a phone call with Mizoram's leader Zoramthanga, "to review the situation after the earthquake tremors in the state".

Chief minister Zoramthanga said at around midday that there were no casualties reported so far, and thanked the prime minister and home minister for their support.

The quake hit at around 4.10am local time, and is the second significant tremor in two days to affect the northeast region of India.

On Sunday, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit the neighbouring state of Manipur, though there were no reports of significant damage or casualties.

Three major tectonic plates meet in northeastern India, resulting in the area experiencing relatively high levels of seismic activity.

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