A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Mizoram in the wee hours of Monday, toppling some houses and cracking roads in the northeastern Indian states. Tremors were felt along the region, including Shilong.
According to state officials, no casualties have been found, however, the quake has toppled houses, including a church at Zokhawthar in Khawbung and roads have developed cracks in a number of places, NDTV reports. However, the full extent of the damage is yet to be found.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on the official Twitter handle wrote:
“Two earthquakes rocked #Mizoram within a span of 12 hours. Damage assessment is undertaken by concerned MLA and district administration. Fortunately, no casualties reported so far. Thanking the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Home Minister for their assurance of support.”
The National Center of Seismology tweeted: “Earthquake of magnitude:5.3; Occurred on 22-06-2020, 04:10:52 IST; Lat: 23.22 and Long: 93.24; Depth: 20 Km; Location: 27 km SSW of Champhai, Mizoram, India,”
On June 18th, another earthquake rocked the northeastern region at a magnitude of 5, and the epicenter was 80 km below the earth’s crust.
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