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India-Burma border tremor felt in Bhutan

An earthquake of a 5.8 magnitude that shook north eastern India was also felt across Bhutan at around 7:45 am Bhutan Standard Time.

No damage was reported.

The epicentre of the quake that lasted several seconds was traced to the India-Burma border near Manipur. Manipur is about 500 km east of Thimphu.

“I thought doomsday was here,” a corporate employee in Thimphu said. A resident from Trashigang nearly rushed to safety under a table. “I felt it twice,” he said.

The director general of the department of disaster management, Namgay Wangchuk, said they had not received any report of damage from their focal persons in the dzongkhags.

“I was in office the whole day and heard nothing of it,” he said.“It must have been a minor one.”

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