Strong earthquake hits India

2011-09-18 16:55
New Delhi - A strong earthquake on Sunday hit northeastern India near the border with Nepal and was felt over a broad area, officials said.

A regional television station reported that 10 to 12 buildings had collapsed in Sikkim's state capital of Gangtok.

It said several people were rushed to a hospital. Calls to city officials, police and hospitals went unanswered.

Indian seismology official RS Dattatreyan said the quake struck Sunday evening and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8. It was centred near the border with Nepal, and triggered at least two aftershocks of magnitude 6.1 and 5.3.

He said more aftershocks were possible.

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