Powerful earthquake leaves at least 8 dead, 100 injured in India

By By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
January 06, 2016, 10:48:43 AM EST

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A powerful earthquake shook parts of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar at 4:35 a.m. local time Monday, leaving at least eight dead and 100 more injured, according to The Times of India.

People rushed out of their homes before dawn on Monday morning as the tremor knocked over furniture and caused books to fall from their shelves, according to the Associated Press.

The injuries and fatalities were caused by falling debris around Imphal, the capital of India's Manipur state.


Many buildings were damaged across the region as walls cracked and crumbled as the ground shook.

The epicenter of the quake was in Manipur, 29 km (18 miles) west of Imphal, according to the USGS. Imphal is a city with a population over 220,000.


People in the area should anticipate aftershocks over the next several days, but they will likely be of a lesser magnitude than the one that struck early Monday morning.

Weather will not interfere with cleanup efforts over the course of the next several days.

"Sunshine with temperatures reaching into the lower 70s is expected through the end of the week," AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer said. "It should remain tranquil for any clean up efforts."

These smaller earthquakes may cause more damage to structures that were weakened by the 6.7-magnitude earthquake.


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There were no earthquakes leading up to Monday's 6.7-magnitude tremors. Sometimes small earthquakes occur in the days leading up to a big earthquake.



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