Earthquake hits northeast India

      A moderate earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, the biggest in nine years, shook the North-East early on Friday, officials at the Central Seismological Observatory said. The quake took place at 1:21 a.m. local time and was centered 96 km east-southeast of Imphal, the capital of Manipur. There were no reports of damage or casualties. This is the fourth time earthquakes hit the northeast region of India within a month's time. People ran out of their houses as the quake rocked buildings and houses triggering panic. There was, however, no damage to property, police said. Te quake lasted for around 20 seconds; its after-shocks were felt for over two minutes. Two moderate intensity quakes, one measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale and another measuring 4.9 had shook the region on 12th August and 19th August. Another measuring 5.3 was recorded on 31st August.

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