An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale was reported in India’s western Assam, neighboring Meghalaya, and North Bengal on Wednesday, officials said.
According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the tremors were felt in Goalpara in western Assam at 8.46 am.The epicenter falls along the Brahmaputra River, which is already flowing at flood situations in many parts of Assam, including the Goalpara district. However, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has put the epicenter slightly south near Lakhipur along the Assam-Meghalaya border.
Seismologists consider the mountainous northeastern region as the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world.
The wet weather conditions are likely to intensify from July 9 onwards with the revival of monsoon and could aggravate the flood situation unfolding in parts of Assam.
With IANS inputs