Deadly 6.7-magnitude earthquake shakes part of northeastern India

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At least six people have died as a magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook parts of northeastern India Monday morning. The epicenter of the quake was 29 kilometers (18 miles) west of the city of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least 43 people have also been reported injured, home ministry spokesman Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia told CNN.

He added that there was some damage to residential and government buildings in Imphal.

The temblor, which hit at 4:35 a.m. local time (7:05 p.m. ET), was centered in an isolated area. Imphal itself has a population of more than 250,000. Emergency crews from a variety of agencies responded quickly to provide relief and rescue, Dhatwalia said.

Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha convened a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) Monday to review the situation.

Some power facilities suffered damage during the quake and the power supply to Imphal remains disrupted. Telecommunication was back to normal.

Another tremor, measuring 3.6, was recorded five hours later.

The quake, which took place about 55 kilometers (about 34 miles) underground, originally was reported as 6.8-magnitude but that was later revised to 6.7 magnitude, USGS said.

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