Update: Major Earthquake Strikes India-Myanmar Border, 9 Dead & Almost 200 Injured

Earthquake, Myanmar, India, Manipur

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake occurred Monday morning in northeastern India, 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) from the city of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, reported CNN.

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According to India Today, the Indian states of Assam, Bengal, Arunachal, Bihar, Jharkhand felt the jolt.

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Seismicity in the Himalaya dominantly results from the continental collision of the India and Eurasia plates, which are converging at a relative rate of 40-50 mm/yr. Northward underthrusting of India beneath Eurasia generates numerous earthquakes and consequently makes this area one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth.

The surface expression of the plate boundary is marked by the foothills of the north-south trending Sulaiman Range in the west, the Indo-Burmese Arc in the east and the east-west trending Himalaya Front in the north of India.

Shallow earthquakes within the Indo-Burmese Arc, predominantly occur on a combination of strike-slip and reverse faults, including the Sagaing, Kabaw and Dauki faults. Between 1930 and 1956, six M7.0+ earthquakes occurred near the right-lateral Sagaing Fault, resulting in severe damage in Myanmar including the generation of landslides, liquefaction and the loss of 610 lives.

Deep earthquakes (200km) have also been known to occur in this region, these are thought to be due to the subduction of the eastwards dipping, India plate, though whether subduction is currently active is debated. Within the pre-instrumental period, the large Shillong earthquake occurred on the 12 June 1897, causing widespread destruction.


A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 77 kilometres (48 miles) northwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu at 0611 GMT on 25 Apr 2015, toppling office blocks and towers and killing thousands of people. More than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, China and Bangladesh.

Residents of the devastated capital Kathmandu were woken by fresh aftershocks, with many forced to spend the night trying to sleep out on the streets and open ground in makeshift tents.

Offers of help poured in from governments around the world, with the United States and European Union announcing they were sending in disaster response teams. India was flying out its stranded citizens in military planes.

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