Assam earthquake
Two people have been injured in Assam's Kokrajhar district after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit the state.Screenshot/earthquake.usgs.gov

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale hit the northeastern states of India on Tuesday morning. No casualties or damage has been reported so far.

According to reports, the earthquake rocked the northeastern states at 7.40 am. It had its epicentre in Assam's Karimganj district bordering Bangladesh, reported IANS. An official of the Regional Seismological Centre has confirmed this.

According to seismologists, the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur - are the sixth major earthquake-prone area in the world.

In August, an earthquake of 6.8 had rocked West Bengal, Bihar and Assam. It had its epicentre in Myanmar. The same month, an earthquake with its epicentre in Haryana hit India and was felt in parts of Delhi. It was only of 3.7 magnitude.

Earlier in May, medium intensity earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale rocked Assam and Meghalaya. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

New Zeaqland earthquake sees nearly 100,000 landslides

At the other end of the world, the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand, has left thousands stranded. The aftershocks affected the rescue efforts in the region. GeoNet, New Zealand's official source of geological hazard information, said "We can say one thing with certainty: there will be more earthquakes to come in this area."

Since the earthquake, there have been nearly 100,000 landslides say media reports. Rain has also inundated certain areas in the country. Prime Minister John Key stated, "It is clear that things aren't going to revert to normal pretty quickly, and that it's going to take time for things to go back to how they were."

"I'd say it's billions of dollars worth of money that we have to spend here, but we're focused on what we're doing and we'll keep up the good work," the Prime Minister added.

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