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Earthquake in several states of India, some buildings damaged

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The quake affected Assam, West Bengal and other parts of India on Wednesday morning. According to the Indian media Anandabazar, the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.4 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was reported at Sonitpur, near Guwahati, Assam, 21.4 kilometers below the earth’s surface, according to Anandabazar. However, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake had a magnitude of six. The news agency Reuters reported.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake’s epicenter was 34km below the surface at Dhekiyajuli, 140km north of Guwahati, the capital of Assam.

Meanwhile, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center-EMSC said in a preliminary report that the quake had a magnitude of 6.2.

According to Anandabazar, the first tremor was felt in Sonitpur at 7:51 am local time on Wednesday. The quake affected Jalpaiguri, Kochbihar, Alipurduar, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and other districts in northern Bengal. The ground shook in these areas. Residents also felt tremors in Malda, Murshidabad and some southern districts of West Bengal. Mild tremors were also felt in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. The quake also affected parts of Bihar.

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