5 People Killed, Dozens Injured After 6.7-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northeast India


An injured Indian woman is comforted by her husband as she waits for treatment at Siliguri Hospital following an earthquake in Siliguri on Jan. 4, 2016. (Credit: DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Five people died in a magnitude-6.7 earthquake that occurred Monday morning, local time, in northeastern India, 29 kilometers (18 miles) west of the city of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A further 33 have been reported injured, home ministry spokesman Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia told CNN.

The AP reported reported as many as 100 others were injured. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Dhatwalia added that there was some damage to residential and government buildings.

The temblor, which hit at 4.35 AM local time (7:05 PM ET), was centered in an isolated area. Imphal itself has a population of more than 250,000. Emergency crews from a variety of agencies responded quickly to provide relief and rescue, Dhatwalia said.

The quake, which took place about 55 kilometers (about 34 miles) underground, originally was reported as 6.8-magnitude but that was later revised to 6.7 magnitude, USGS said.

KTLA’s Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.

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