A strong earthquake of 5.5 magnitude hit Assam and neighbouring states in the north-east today. Tremors were also felt in six northern districts of West Bengal, including Cooch Behar, Alipirduar and Darjeeling, as well as parts of Bihar. The shocks were also felt as far as in Jharkhand’s Kishanganj, Sahebganj and Hazaribagh.
The earthquake stuck around 10:20 this morning, at a depth of 13 kilometers, according to the Central Seismological Observatory in Shillong. The epicenter of the earthquake was Sapatgram, near the Kokrajhar district in Assam, about 200 km west of Guwahati and it lasted around 15 to 20 seconds. Tremors were also felt in Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.