In a relatively mild seismic event, a 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled central Assam on Monday evening, as reported by the National Center for Seismology. The quake, which occurred at 7:12 pm, was centred in the East Karbi Anglong district, situated on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River, at a depth of 23 km.
The exact location of the epicentre was identified as approximately 170 km east-southeast from Guwahati, near the Nagaland border. Although the quake was of moderate intensity, residents in the neighbouring districts of West Karbi Anglong, Hojai, Dima Hasao, Golaghat, and Nagaon reported feeling the tremors. Furthermore, the seismic activity extended its reach to some areas in Nagaland and Manipur, according to the seismic report.
There have been no reported casualties or injuries resulting from the earthquake. Additionally, there is no indication of any significant property damage, providing a sense of relief for the affected communities. The prompt response from authorities and the absence of immediate harm underscore the region’s preparedness for such seismic events.
The earthquake’s occurrence in East Karbi Anglong, a district that spans picturesque landscapes along the Brahmaputra, adds an interesting dimension to the seismic event. The district, known for its diverse topography, is home to various indigenous communities, and the quake may prompt authorities to assess its impact on local infrastructure.
Despite the relatively low magnitude, the tremors resonated through several districts, creating a sense of concern among residents. The affected regions include West Karbi Anglong, where locals experienced seismic activity, highlighting the interconnectedness of neighbouring districts in the face of natural events.
The National Center for Seismology’s swift reporting and dissemination of information contribute to public awareness and understanding of the seismic event. The earthquake’s depth of 23 km indicates a moderate depth, a factor that often influences the level of impact on the Earth’s surface. In this case, the depth might have played a role in mitigating potential damage.
While the quake is a reminder of the region’s susceptibility to seismic activity, the absence of casualties or significant damage serves as a testament to the resilience of the communities and the effectiveness of safety measures in place. Authorities will likely conduct thorough assessments in the coming days to ensure the structural integrity of buildings and infrastructure in the affected areas.