In the morning of January 4 (hereinafter local time), a 6.7-magnitude earthquake occurred in northeastern India. At least five people were killed and more than 100 injured, according to reports. The quake was 55 kilometers (34 miles) deep and centered 29 kilometers (18 miles) west of Imphal, the capital city of the Manipur state. The USGS (US Geological Survey) later revised the quake’s magnitude down from 6.8 to 6.7.
Many residential and government buildings in Imphal were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake. According to a report from the USGG, the quake occurred around 4:55 a.m. Imphal is a city with a population of over 220,000. The quake was also felt in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan, which border India.
According to an AP report, the earthquake was so strong that the residents were jolted from their sleep and ran out of their houses. The earthquake shook furniture in the houses, knocking ornaments and books off the shelves. Rescue workers immediately rushed to the scene to search for survivors in the aftermath of the earthquake. About five hours after the 6.7-magnitude earthquake, another earthquake of 3.6 magnitude took place in the same area.