Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocks eastern India

Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocks eastern India

India quake
The epicentre of the shallow quake was located about 40 kilometres southeast of Along, and 180 kilometres southwest of the state capital Itanagar, the US Geological Survey said.

NEW DELHI: A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh early on Wednesday (Apr 24), the US Geological Survey said.

The epicentre of the shallow quake was located about 40 kilometres southeast of Along, and 180 kilometres southwest of the state capital Itanagar.

It struck at 1.45am (4.15am Singapore time).

Arunachal Pradesh is India's least densely populated state, but is still home to more than 1.2 million people, according to the state government's website.

China's official state news agency Xinhua said the quake was felt in Tibet, which neighbours the Indian state.

New Delhi and Beijing for decades have disputed control of Arunachal Pradesh - a dispute that remains unresolved.

India considers Arunachal Pradesh one of its northeastern states, while China claims about 90,000 square kilometres of the territory.

Arunachal Pradesh also borders Myanmar and Bhutan.

USGS estimated there was a "low likelihood" of casualties and damage from the quake.

Source: AFP/de

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