18 Sep '11, 1pm

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits northern India

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit a remote area in north-eastern India on Sunday evening, causing panic as far as the capital of neighbouring Bangladesh, but officials did not initially report large scale casualties or damage. The United States Geological Survey said on its website the quake was centered 64km north-west of Gangtok, capital of north-eastern state Sikkim. It was 10km deep. 'Cracks have developed in some buildings in Gangtok. Most phone lines are down and there is no electricity now. People have come out on the street,' said Gangtok resident Bobby Dahal. 'It is too early to ascertain any damage. We are trying to get in touch with the state government of Sikkim to know if they need any help from us,' Sujata Saunail, joint secretary of he National Disaster Management Authority, told Reuters.

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