Shillong, July 15: The city was awakened by a “moderate intensity” earthquake just after midnight last night although there were no reports of any damage to human life or property.
The quake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, occurred around 1.25am, an official from the Shillong Seismological Centre said.
The quake’s epicentre was 25.5 degrees latitude north and 94.2 degrees latitude east in Kohima, Nagaland. According to the India Meteorological Department website, the quake originated 35km below the surface. Sources said besides Nagaland, the tremor was also felt in Itanagar, Guwahati and Agartala. The information on the website said this was the fifth tremor, with its epicentre in the Northeast this month.
On July 10, there were two tremors — one with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale with its epicentre in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district and the second with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale with its epicentre in Karbi Anglong in Assam.
On July 1, a tremor measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale was felt with its epicentre in Phek, Nagaland, while on July 5, a quake, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale was felt with its epicentre in Nagaland.