Earthquake: 5.1 magnitude tremors strike Sikkim, felt in Siliguri
Siliguri, India: Seismic activities were felt across the Siliguri Metropolitan area, including in the adjoining regions of Jalpaiguri, as people panicked and left homes and gathered on the streets.
The tremors renewed the horrors of the 2011 and 2015 quakes that rattled Sikkim and Nepal respectively with strong quakes felt across West Bengal.
The intensity of Monday's quake was not as much.
We The World Magazine can independently confirm the tremors were felt in Jalpaiguri town, some 45 kilometers away from Siliguri.
Other regions in the area, well within 100 kilometers felt the tremors according to reports.
According to the USGS, the quake originated at a depth of 18.7 kilometers underground. This measurement although varies across regional departments' calculations.
According to the National Center for Seismology, the earthquake originated at a depth of 30km, east-southeast of Gangtok at around 8:49 pm.
The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be updated in the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine calculations, or as other agencies issue their reports.
The quake was felt across the region including in Assan, Bihar, West Bengal, Nepal, China, and Bhutan at 8:49 PM, IST.
According to an American source, the quake originated 33 km NNW of Samtse, Bhutan. As per Volcano Discovery a website that tracks global seismic activities, the quake stuck 26 km southeast of Gangtok, East Sikkim, India.
As per fresh reports, no casualties were reported so far, with no significant damage to infrastructure reported from the affected regions.
In Siliguri, a town of over 500,000, houses rattled, and freestanding walls and objects shook evidently.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted he had a phone call with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and has urged her to ensure the wellness of the state.
Had telephone conversation @MamataOfficial to enquire her well being as 6.1 Earthquake Tremors Felt In North Bengal. Hon’ble CM is at Siliguri presently. Relieved to learn all well at her end.— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 5, 2021
The epicentre of the earthquake was 25 km east-southeast (ESE) of Gangtok, Sikkim.
This story has been updated with the latest information from the National Center for Seismology and comments from the Governor of West Bengal.