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Saturday, 12 May 2012 - 9:27
India quake sends panicked people into the streets
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Northeast India was shaken by a shallow 5.4-magnitude earthquake yesterday that sent people fleeing into the streets in panic, damaged buildings and left two injured.

One house collapsed and cracks appeared in some buildings in the quake, which had its epicentre in Guwahati, the main commercial city of the mineral- and tea-rich state of Assam.

In Guwahati and other populated centres, buildings shook for a few seconds and people ran out into the streets in alarm.

There were no immediate reports of further damage or casualties. The quake was shallow, at a depth of six miles.


In September last year, a powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the border of India's north-eastern state of Sikkim and Nepal, killing over 100 people.

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