Powerful earthquake kills one woman in northeast India

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Agartala/Guwahati/Shillong: A woman was killed and some others were injured in Tripura when a powerful 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit India’s northeastern region and Bangladesh today.

Although, there was no report of any major damage from other states, officials said.

An official of the Tripura Disaster Management Centre said, the victim woman who identified as Kamalini Kanda, 50, died of heart attack out of fear during the tremor at Kamalpur in Dhalai district in Tripura.

According to official said that the earthquake blocked roads after trees were uprooted and at least 50 houses were damaged, some badly, as landslides occurred in different places of Dhalai district.

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Almost all states in the northeastern region felt the shocks of the earthquake at 2.39 p.m. that triggered panic among the people.

Its epicentre was said to be Dhalai in northern Tripura with a depth of 28 km.

Cracks developed in some old buildings, including a few police stations, in Kamalpur and Salema in Dhalai district.

A report from Dhaka said a moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Bangladesh, including capital Dhaka.

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The US Geological Survey said it measured 5.5 on the Richter scale but Indian Met Department said the intensity was 5.7, Bangladesh’s online news agency bdnews24 reported.