Kolkata: An earthquake originating from Myanmar has affected parts of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Orissa. According to the US Geological Survey, the strong earthquake originated from central Myanmar measured a magnitude of around 6.8 in the Richter scale.
Residents of Kolkata, Guwahati, Patna and Bhubaneshwar have reported to have felt the earthquake at 4:06 pm which lasted for a few seconds.
Mostly the north-eastern and northern parts of India have felt the tremors. According to reports, sharp earthquake having a magnitude of 7 was felt around Mandalay of Myanmar.
The US Geological Survey has detected that the epicentre of this earthquake is located at 143 Km (88 miles) west of Meiktila and 84 Km (52 miles) deep under the ground.
In Kolkata, some schools and colleges were reportedly closed after the as the sharp earthquake traumatized the students.
The Metro railway services in the city has been shut on an emergency basis due to this quake. The strong tremors of this Earthquake have frightened several people who panicked and rushed out of their homes and offices into open spaces.
The Earthquake has also affected Bangladesh which is located right at the west of the Myanmar. Recently, this region is experiencing an increasing number of Earthquakes. But this is one of the strongest among them.
The after-shock of this earthquake is yet to arrive and till now, there is no reported damage in the area. For the last few days, this Indo-Myanmar region has been experiencing a number of light to moderate earthquakes.
Earlier today, the devastating Earthquake swept through the mountainous region in central Italy. It massively affected a number of towns killing a minimum of 38 people, and injuring several others.
Around 2500 people have lost their homes and a number of people are still stuck in the rumbles. Army was deployed to manage the situation which has flattened a number of mountainous towns.