On Monday, a seismic event with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale shook the entire northeastern region of India, as reported by the National Center for Seismology (NCS). The earthquake occurred at 8:19 PM and was situated 49 kilometers southeast of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya. The event’s depth was recorded at 16 kilometers. The NCS tweeted about the earthquake, specifying its details: magnitude 5.4, date 14-08-2023, time 20:19:47 IST, coordinates Lat: 25.02 and Long: 92.13.
Although the epicenter was near Dawki in the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, which borders Bangladesh, the earthquake was felt across various districts in Meghalaya, parts of Assam, and West Bengal. No loss of life or property damage has been reported, as stated by disaster management authorities.
The northeastern states, positioned in a high seismic zone, are frequently affected by earthquakes. The tremors also extended to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and other areas in India’s northeastern region. In Guwahati, Assam’s capital, residents hurriedly exited their homes as the shaking persisted for several seconds.
Simultaneously, a separate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck the border area between northeastern India and Bangladesh on the same day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS noted a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) for this quake, locating it 18 kilometers northwest of Karimganj in Assam state and approximately 36 kilometers northeast of Sylhet in Bangladesh.