6.7 magnitude earthquake hits India, kills 4

Indian soldiers inspect a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday. (AP Photo/Worshon Ngashangva)

Indian soldiers inspect a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India’s remote northeast region before dawn on Monday. (AP Photo/Worshon Ngashangva)

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 caused a portion of a popular market building, and newly constructed six-story building to collapse in the state capital.

India’s Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur state. It struck at a depth of 17 kilometres in the India-Myanmar border region.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 35 kilometres 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.

 

The tremors were also felt in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.

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