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Earthquake of 6.1 Magnitude hits Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

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Earthquake of 6.1 Magnitude hits Arunachal Pradesh and Assam
24 April, 2019
A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale hit India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh early Wednesday. There were no reports of any damage to property or casualties in the quake that occurred at 1:45 a.m.

The epicenter of the shallow quake was about 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Along, and 180 kilometres southwest of the state capital Itanagar. 

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.

The tremors were felt across Assam and parts of bordering China, Tibet, which neighbours the Indian state. Nepal's Kathmandu also experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter Scale at 6.14 am. And, magnitudes of 5.2 and 4.3 hit Naubise in Dhading District at 6.29 am and 6.40 am respectively today. 

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 (34,750 square miles) of the territory.

Arunachal Pradesh also borders Myanmar and Bhutan. USGS estimated there was a “low likelihood” of casualties and damage from the quake.

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