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5.2 magnitude earthquake hits Bangladesh and Mizoram

India TV News Desk New Delhi 24 Feb 2017, 18:15:37 IST
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An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted the northeastern region of India today, EMSC, an Independent Scientific Organization and provider of real-time earthquake warning,said. Several people in Bangladesh and India’s northeastern states claimed to have felt the tremors. 

According to a tweet posted by the agency, the epicentre of the quake was 95 km northeast of Aizwal, the capital city of Mizoram. 

Earlier this month, a mild earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, rocked Meghalaya and its neighbouring states. However, there were no reports of any casualties or damage.

The epicentre was located in the state's East Garo Hills district, according to the Regional Seismological Centre.

The seven northeastern states - Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur - are considered by seismologists as the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.

The region experienced an earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale in 1897, that left over 1,600 people dead.

More details are awaited.