Massive earthquake hits India

An Indian state has been rocked by a massive earthquake that has left buildings and roads damaged just as the country reels from its latest COVID crisis.

A massive earthquake has hit Assam in India, battering the nation that has already been brought to its knees by the coronavirus disaster.

The 6.2 magnitude quake hit the state of Assam in India’s north east on Wednesday, leaving buildings damaged and cracks in roads, according to reports online.

Authorities in the state are in the process of checking of fatalities, Reuters reports, although so far, no official deaths have been recorded.

Shocking footage of the earthquake’s destruction have been shared on social media by witnesses, who have captured and described the devastation.

The natural disaster comes as the country reels from a deadly wave of coronavirus infections, with 360,960 fresh cases and 3293 new deaths confirmed over the last 24 hours – a horrifying jump from yesterday’s 223,000 new cases.

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The state of Assam has a population of more than 31 million people.

Early images of damage show destruction to buildings and infrastructure.

India’s National Disaster Management Agency is in the process of assessing damage and casualties. There have been no immediate reports of deaths.

The quake was at a magnitude of 6.2 according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at 6.0 magnitude, and said it hit at a depth of 34km with a epicentre near Dhekiajuli town — about 140km from the main city of Assam.

Strong tremors were felt in India’s north east, as well as neighbouring Bhutan. In Bhutan, hundreds of people fled from their homes as the quake shook the area, a witness told Reuters.

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