Manipur earthquake

At least seven people were reported dead and over 50 were injured in Manipur's capital Imphal after an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale hit India's northeastern states and adjoining Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan on Monday morning.

The death and injuries were reportedly caused as walls and roofs of buildings collapsed in some parts of the quake-affected region. Loss of property has also been reported.

"Public and private properties have been damaged. The district administration is on the job to rescue trapped persons," Inspector General of Police Clay Khongsai told IANS.

Two teams of National Disaster Relief Force comprising 90 personnel have been rushed to Imphal from Guwahati, ANI reported. 

The earthquake that was 17 kilometres deep and occurred at around 4:35 am. The epicentre of the quake was recorded to be in Manipur's Tamenglong district, according to India Today.

In northeast, parts of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura felt the tremors, IANS reported.

According to scientist PR Vaid, the region adjoining Myanmar is already a sensitive area. "Indian Plate subducting under Burma plate,this is sensitive area already under zone 5," ANI tweeted.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets that he spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in Assam to take stock of the situation in quake-affected areas.

"Spoke to Rajnath ji, who is in Assam, on the situation arising due to the earthquake & asked him to oversee the situation," Modi said in a tweet.

He also had a telephonic conversation with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Nabam Tuki and Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi.

"Had a telephone conversation with Assam CM Shri Tarun Gogoi on the earthquake in the state & the region... Spoke to Arunachal Pradesh CM Shri Nabam Tuki on the situation arising in the wake of the earthquake," he said in a couple of tweets.

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