No impact to Sri Lanka from Assam earthquake

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

There is no impact to Sri Lanka from the 6.4 magnitude earthquake reported in Assam, India today, the Disaster Management Centre said.

Assistant Director of the Centre Pradeep Kodipilli told Colombo Gazette that an inland earthquake had been reported in Assam.

He said as a result, it has no effects on the sea area and therefore will not have any effects on Sri Lanka.

The National Center for Seismology in India reported that an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Assam this morning.

The epicentre of the earthquake was near Dhekiajuli town, 140 km (86 miles) north of Guwahati. The earthquake struck at 7:51 am at a depth of 17 km from the surface.

According to Indian media, strong tremors were felt in parts of the northeast as well as north Bengal.

While there are no reports of anyone being injured, photos have emerged of broken walls and windows, and walls developing cracks, the NDTV reported.

According to a Reuters witness, strong tremors were repeatedly felt in several parts of the northeast and neighbouring Bhutan, forcing people to run out of their homes. (Colombo Gazette)