Gauhati — A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote
northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least four people, injuring
100 others and causing damage to several buildings.
The death and injuries were caused by falling debris in and
around Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, police said.
The powerful tremor left large cracks in walls and a portion
of a popular market building collapsed in the state capital. The area is dotted
with small houses. There are few tall buildings in the region, although a newly
constructed six-story building collapsed in Imphal, the police control room
India's Meteorological Department said the epicenter of the
quake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur state. It struck before dawn on
Monday at a depth of 17km in the India-Myanmar border region.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 35km northwest of
Imphal. The area is remote with poor cellphone and Internet connections, and
information about conditions outside of major cities may take time to emerge.
People panicked and rushed out of their homes in Gauhati,
the capital of neighboring Assam state, as they felt massive shaking at least
twice within 60 seconds.
In Imphal, residents said furniture was knocked over and
books fell off shelves.
"The ground swayed for almost a minute, jolting people
awake in their homes," said one resident, Apem Arthur.
The tremors were also felt in Kolkata, the capital of West