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Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Assam in India, EMSC Says

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the earthquake’s epicenter was located at a depth of 40 km, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) registered the focus of the tremor at a depth of around 29 km.

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck the state of Assam in northeastern India on Wednesday night, with its epicenter at approximately 18 km northwest of the town of Dhekiajuli, the EMSC reported.

Tremors were recorded at 2:21 UTC 98 kilometers northeast of the largest city in the state, Guwahati, with its population of more than 1 million.

​In its turn, India’s National Center for Seismology (NCS) recorded tremors of 6.4-magnitude at a depth of 17 km below the ground, 43 km to the west of the city of Tezpur. 

There were no immediate reports on any specific damage or injuries caused by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, Indian social media users shared their earthquake experiences, and even memes about it, online.

According to scientific researches, 70% of the Himalayas, which is located near the state, are at risk of massive earthquakes.

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