PM takes stock of impacts in NE | Earthquake triggers cracks in buildings, massive landslides

  • Remain always alert for unpredictable quake: Secy Tayeng

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Arunachal Pradesh, eastern most state of India, recorded earthquake twice in a row between 1.45 am to 1.50 am on Wednesday with West Siang district headquarters Aalo as its epicenter.

West Siang district disaster management officer Nima Dorjee who led a team to inspect said that epicenter e is likely in the radius of 10-km from  between Darak circle and Kaying EAC HQs in Siang District. The tremor triggered massive landslide at vulnerable locations of Darak to Poyom, Darak to Bogo and Darak to Potom village along Kamba-Darak road, 25-km off Aalo, which was cleared by local PMGSY contractor, DIPRO reports.

Two Semi RCC buildings of medical department, semi RCC kitchen and three rooms of a private RCC building developed many cracks and a portion of RCC wall in Darak circle office has also collapsed while more reports of damages are expected from far flung areas, the report added.

The tremors of moderate earthquake were also felt in neighboring countries of Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh, but there was no report of loss of life, but people in the state came out in the streets in night in many places. However, geologists and experts during discussion on the issue said that earthquakes are unpredictable. Thus, the state should be always ready to meet any such situation anytime, reported state’s disaster management secretary Bidol Tayeng.

The impact was neither felt in Bomdila nor Tawang, HQs of West Kameng and Tawang district, but felt in Changlang, GoAP employee Amitang Tikhah said. Journalist Sapna Pango quoted her mother saying that residents of Boo Colony in Anini, bordering China, were awaken by the jolt and same was the case in Lower Dibang Valley district HQs Roing.

However,  director general of police S B K Singh, who himself was awaken from sleep, told this daily that he contacted superintendents of police of all districts bordering Bhutan, Tibet (China) to Myanmar,  but no damage was reported from anywhere though people were panicked.

While Indian Metrological Department (IMD) reported it at about 5.9 point on the Richter scale, the United State Geological Survey (USGS) pegged it at 6.1 point, Prof Trilochan Singh, who served as geologist of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology here for decades, said and described it as shallow earthquake, considered dangerous for its impacts within 40 to 50 km radious.

Mild earthquakes very often occurs in this Himalayan state located in high seismic zone five, Prof Singh, who was a member of international expedition from Shimla in India-top of the Himalaya to Cape Agulhas in South Africa, tip of Africa, to trace the great Gondwanaland, said, adding that the epicenter 40 km south east of Aalo is in the main boundary thrust (MBT) of Himalayan frontal fault (HFF).

Agency adds: The impact has also jolted neigbouting state of Assam but there was no report of any damage. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister of Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday morning to take stock of the situation in NE.

“When PM Modi assured of our safety, I thanked him for his concern and affection for the region even amidst a busy schedule,” tweeted CM Sonowal.

The impacts affected east side of Dibrugarh & Naogaon in Assam, Dimapur (Nagaland) and Imphal (Manipur).

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