6.8 earthquake hits Sikkim, tremors felt in parts of North India

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  1. Galaxy

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    6.8 earthquake hits Sikkim, tremors felt in parts of North India

    New Delhi: An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the richter scale hit North India on Sunday and the epicentre was Sikkim.
    Mild tremors were felt in Delhi and other parts of North India. Tremors were felt in Patna, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal also.
    Reports said that tremors were felt for almost 30 seconds.


    6.8 earthquake hits Sikkim, tremors felt in parts of North India - India News - IBNLive
     
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    6.8 is pretty intense, I hope the damage was low
     
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    Well, I didn't feel anything this time around. The last one in near Delhi, did give me a big jolt.
     
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    I didn't sense it either.
     
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    Rest in peace..
     
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    Hope things settles soon and govt extends their hand to the affected in an efficient way.

    Lets the soul's be rested in peace.
     
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    RIP to the departed. Wishing the injured and the affected a speedy recovery.
     
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    There are concerns that the death toll might become much higher. Already its at around 53. My Prayers with those who have departed and their families.

    AFP: Himilayan earthquake kills 53
     
  11. Daredevil

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    RIP to the dead. The only way to survive a natural calamity is to take precautions. But India being a victim of only sporadic earthquakes, people just brush it off as a one off event and precautions are never taken. I think people leave it to the fate.
     
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    Yes he is.
     
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    Good time to test there effectiveness:

    5 IAF planes pressed into service for Sikkim quake relief

     
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    I would like some updates from our Sikkimies Saber? Tshering brother all is well?
     
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    There is no electricity and even if it were to be fixed i would bet the internet wouldn't be working.
     
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    RIP to the dead. Hope Tshering is safe. It will probably be a while before he posts (comms are down).
     
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    Tshering lives in Delhi.
     
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    Used to. He mentioned that he moved back to sikkim.
     
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    RIP to the deceased. Hope Tshering and other members from Sikkim are fine. Waiting to hear from them ! God bless, brothers !
     
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    Ground report from quake-hit Sikkim

    20 Sep 2011, 0923 hrs IST, AGENCIES

    TIMES NOW brings an exclusive ground report from Sikkim, where an earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude has caused large scale destruction in several parts of north-east India. The quake has led to the death of 41 people in Sikkim alone and injured several others.

    Battling landslides and torrential rains in quake-hit Sikkim, rescue teams are operating in full swing as the death toll in the 6.8 magnitude temblor mounted to 72 in the north-east region.

    Sunday's earthquake with its epicentre near the border with Nepal, left a trail of devastation damaging roads, buildings and other structures, uprooting mobile phone towers and snapping communication and power lines. After shocks made people panic in several areas forcing them to spend the night outdoors.

    The death toll may go up. Union Home Secretary R K Singh said nothing can be ruled out as people may still be trapped under the debris of collapsed houses since rescue teams were still trying hard to reach all villages.

    Food packets were air dropped in the inaccessible quake-affected areas.

    Two medical teams with doctors and paramedics reached worst affected Mangan and Sangthan with the help of helicopters and Border Roads Organisation has been able to reopen the Himalayan state's life line-the National Highway 31-A, Singh said.

    West and South districts in Sikkim remained mostly inaccessible to the Army in the earlier part of the day due to landslides and inclement weather and rescuers were facing an uphill task to reach these areas, Major General S L Narasimhan, GOC 17 Mountain Division, said.

    Sikkim accounted for 41 deaths alone, with most casualties taking place in the North District and in towns and villages like Rangpo, Dikchu, Singtam and Chungthang located along the course of Teesta river, officials in the district control room said.

    The Home Secretary said ten bodies of employees of Teesta Hydro Electric Project were recovered from the debris in Singtam.

    The overnight toll climbed to 72 which included nine deaths in West Bengal and eight in Bihar,seven each Nepal and Tibet, official reports said. Over a hundred people have been injured.

    22 people travelling in a bus went missing since last evening in north Sikkim. A spokesman of the 17 Mountain Division said the army was still not able to find the missing bus which could be anywhere between a radius of 10 and 15 km along Mangan and Chungthang in north Sikkim.

    Rescue workers struggled hard to clear boulders which came tumbling down following the quake, blocking roads. Panic-stricken residents of the affected areas spent a sleepless night apprehending more tremors braving cold, chilly winds and pouring rain.

    An official update in Delhi tonight said NH 55 from Bagdogra to Darjeeling has been restored and the highway from Darjeeling to Nathu La is expected to be cleared by 6 PM today. "10 doctors have been airlifted to Chungthang in North Sikkim and medicines are being airlifted to Bagdogra from where they will be sent to Chungthang. 20 Medical detachments have been deployed by army," the official update said.

    The optical fiber link to Gangtok which had been disrupted is now restored. The Army has opened relief camps for 2,000 people and ITBP opened camps for 400 others.

    "In the entire operation, 5,500 army personnel were engaged apart from 700 ITBP personnel. The BRO has done commendable job by reopening the highway linking Gangtok with Siliguri this afternoon," the Home Secretary said.

    Singh said Sikkim power corporation has been able to restore power connection partially while landline telephone connection with Sikkim is functioning normally.

    Nine helicopters were engaged in carrying out rescue and relief operations -- mostly in worst-hit North district -- despite poor weather.

    Narasimhan said army has launched 'Operation Madad' in Gangtok and other areas."We are also sending teams to Darjeeling and Kalimpong (in West Bengal)," he said.

    About 400 people from quake-hit areas in North Sikkim have been rescued and taken to safe locations, the Indo- Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said.

    Besides 26 tourists, including international visitors, were also taken to safe places and the road connectivity in the worst-hit Pegong area is likely to be restored soon. "People have been rendered homeless. About 700 personnel are roped in for the rescue mission," ITBP Director General Ranjit Sinha said. He said villages near Pegong were drastically affected in the 6.8 richter scale quake that jolted most of the Northern States.

    Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling visited the quake-hit areas in and around the capital town to assess damages. The Chief Minister announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for those grievously injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.

    In Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Rs two lakh as ex-gratia to next of kin of those killed in the earthquake and Rs one lakh each for those seriously injured.

    Ground report from quake-hit Sikkim- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
     
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    Saw an interesting reply from Diplomat....

    Earthquake Death Toll Climbs | Indian Decade
     

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