Alexa Earthquake rattles northeast India, Tibet

Dhaka, Monday   21 October 2019


Earthquake rattles northeast India, Tibet

 International Desk

 Published: 12:15 PM, 24 April 2019  

Symbolic Photo

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A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh early Wednesday and was felt in neighboring Tibet. 

The epicenter of the shallow quake was about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Along, and 180 kilometers southwest of the state capital Itanagar, according to the US Geological Survey.

It struck at 1:45 am (2015 GMT Tuesday). The USGS revised the magnitude down from 6.1.

Arunachal Pradesh is India’s least densely populated state, but is still home to more than 1.2 million people, according to the state government’s website.

There were no reports of casualties or damage in neighboring Tibet, with Chinese national seismology authorities saying there were no villages within 20 kilometers of the earthquake or towns within a 50-kilometer radius. 

New Delhi and Beijing for decades have disputed control of Arunachal Pradesh — a dispute that remains unresolved.

India considers Arunachal Pradesh one of its northeastern states, while China claims about 90,000 square kilometers (34,750 square miles) of the territory.

Arunachal Pradesh also borders Myanmar and Bhutan.

USGS estimated there was a “low likelihood” of casualties and damage from the quake.