Sunday, September 18, 2011

Earthquake in Sikkim: Over dozen houses collapse, phone lines down - 18th Sept 2011

At least a dozen houses collapsed in this Sikkim capital Sunday due to a 6.8 earthquake which jolted large parts of eastern and northern India, witnesses said.

"At least a dozen houses houses have collapsed. There could be injuries to people as well but phone lines are down," journalist Prakash Adhikari said.

The damage could be more severe on the outskirts of Sikkim as the quake's epicentre was on the Sikkim-Nepal border region.

In Assam's major city Guwahati, people panicked and ran out on the streets after the quake shook their houses.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the quake struck at 6.11 p.m.

Seismologists consider the Indian northeast to be the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world. Source