Earthquakes can leave houses and commercial buildings in rubles. source: Representative image

The meteorological department said that a ‘slight intensity’ earthquake shook lower Assam on Sunday. The 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at 9:35 am on 12th February and its epicenter was at latitude 25.6 degree north and longitude 90.8 degree east in East Garo Hills in Meghalaya. There is no damage reported. The tremor was felt at lower Assam districts forcing people out of their houses.

Assam falls under the seismic zone V which makes the state prone to earthquakes from medium to high intensity. The 4.5 magnitude that the state witnessed on Sunday was not major tremor and hence no injuries or damage was reported. The two major earthquakes that occurred in 1897 and 1950 measured 8.7 and 8.5 on the Richter scale. The state is always under the threat of an earthquake and if it is to be affected by one, the development in the state that is already slow will only tumble down further.