According to reports, an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 on Richter scale has hit Assam’s Kokrajhar at 06:44 am today. Officials said tremors of the earthquake were felt across the state during the early morning hours.
The earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and affected population and their vulnerability. However, so far no reports of any casualty or injury have been reported.
The earthquake originated at 10 km depth in Gauripur. Its epicenter is located at latitude 26.19°N and longitude 89.93°E.Tremors of the earthquake also shook Bhutan.
In India, there are 5 earthquake prone zones – regions that are extremely susceptible to seismic activity. The north and Northeast India are mountainous Himalayan regions, so they are more susceptible of being affected by frequent earthquakes. The northeastern part of the country is not only located at the center of one of the most active earthquake prone regions of the country, but is also exposed to very high damage given the nature of the terrain.
Likewise, India is divided into four seismic zones, namely, zone 2, zone 3, zone 4 and zone 5. Out of these zones, zone 5 is the most prone to earthquakes whereas, zone 2 has the lowest seismic levels.
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