23rd quake jolts Mizoram in 37 days
Newmai News Network
AIZAWL, Jul 24 : With today's earthquake, Mizoram has experienced 23 earthquakes within the span of 37 days . The first one in this series occurred on June 18.
According to the National Centre for Seismology, Friday’s earthquake occurred at 11:16 am measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was again in Champhai district.
The National Centre for Seismology tweeted, “Earthquake of Magnitude 3.8, occurred on 24-07-2020, 11:16:00 IST, Lat: 23.27 & Long: 93.53, Depth: 10 km, Location: 29 km SE of Champhai, Mizoram”.
Heavy rains in the past few days coupled with the latest earthquake have triggered landslides at several places in Champhai district, according to an official source. It also said that a water supply line (pipe) in Dungtlang village was also damaged. The official source added that the quantum of damage will be known only after a full assessment in a day or two.
It can be mentioned here that, after these series of earthquakes, panic stricken residents in Champhai district go to makeshift structures or bamboo-polythene tents during the nights for safety these days.
The districts of Champhai, Saitual, Siaha and Serchhip have been affected by the series of earthquakes. Earlier this month, the Mizoram Government had sought the help of the Centre as earthquakes continue to rock the State. The Zoramthanga Government had requested the Centre to send seismologists to the State to thoroughly study the quakes.
Several houses including a couple of Church buildings were partially damaged at Zokhawthar in Champhai district earlier this month. Several structures were also damaged by the earthquakes in 7 villages within Khaw-bung Rural Development Block in Champhai district.