Last Updated: Friday, January 8, 2016

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Manipur kills 11, injures 200

Earthquake damage in  Dewlaland, Manipur (Twitter Photo/@RockyWahengbam)

At least eleven people have been killed and 200 others have been injured. Six people died in India and five in Bangladesh.

The Union home ministry’s disaster management has warned of a bigger catastrophe with earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.2 or greater on the Richter scale set to hit the Himalayan region. "The interconnected plates across Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and India pose a bigger danger, and predicted a disaster of bigger magnitude, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Director Santosh Kumar said Times of India (TOI).

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A 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Manipur has claimed lives of atleast six people and injured 100 others. The earthquake occurred around 4:36 a.m. early Monday morning with epicenter at Noney village in Tamenglong district of Manipur, the Indian Meteorological Department reported.

Tremors have been reported from Assam, Manipur, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar states of India including in the bordering regions of Myanmar, Bangladesh and Tibet.The tremor was even felt in Bhutan and eastern Nepal.

“Five people are confirmed dead,” The Hindustan Times has written quoting Anurag Gupta, the National Disaster Management Authority. One man has been reportedly dead of a heart attack following the quake across the border in Bangladesh.

The Northeast Frontier Railway suspended train movement for two hours immediately after the earthquake.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), "The January 3, 2016 M 6.7 earthquake near Imphal, India occurred as the result of strike slip faulting in the complex plate boundary region between India and the Eurasia plate in southeast Asia."

Moderate-to-large earthquakes in this region are fairly common; 19 other M 6+ earthquakes have occurred within 250 km of the 2016 event over the preceding century. 

Epicenter Location
29 km (18mi) W of Imphal, India
33 km (21mi) NW of Mayang Imphal, India
38 km (24mi) NNW of Moirang, India
42 km (26mi) WNW of Thoubal, India
352 km (219mi) ENE of Dhaka, Bangladesh