- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 3, 2016

A powerful earthquake hit Northeastern India, near the country’s border with Myanmar early Monday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100 people.

U.S. and Indian earthquake officials said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.7, which can cause major damage in populated areas. The quake was centered about 20 miles west-northwest of Imphal, the capital of India’s Manipur state.

While Manipur is a mostly agricultural area with few heavily built-up urban areas with really tall buildings, much of the damage and injuries was caused precisely by such falling debris, according to reporters in India, citing local police.

A bustling market building and a new six-story construction were among the buildings in Imphal that collapsed in the earthquake, the Associated Press reported.

At least 100 people were injured, according to early reports Monday in India.

The Myanmar side of the border is sparsely populated. But the quake could be felt throughout neighboring Bangladesh, causing people to flee buildings in the teeming capital of Dhaka, and as far west as the Indian metropolis of Calcutta.

According to Agence France-Presse, 40 people in Dhaka were being treated at a major hospital, with one university student in critical condition after jumping from a building’s fourth floor.

“I was sleeping when the tremors woke me up. I ran out of the house as it continued for almost a minute,” Rajiv Pandey told the Hindustan Times from Ranchi, the Jharkand state capital hundreds of miles from the epicenter.

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