6.8 quake hits India

6.8 quake hits India

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake which hit northeastern India near the border of Myanmar had people rushing out of their homes in a nearby state.

The US Geological Survey says the quake was 57km deep near Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, around 11pm Sunday (local time).

The strong quake which hit the remote region was in the Tamenglong region of Manipur state, India's meteorological department says.

In neighbouring Assam state, people ran out of their homes after feeling two major quakes in the space of 60 seconds, The Guardian reports.

There are reports of damage to a popular market in Imphal including large cracks in several walls and the partial collapse of the building.

In some homes, furniture was knocked over and books had fallen off shelves.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

The quake was also felt in Kolkata – more than 1400km from the epicentre.

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