Strong quake shakes Bhutan, kills ten


Sept 21: An earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the richter scale, which hit Bhutan around 3 pm today has left ten people dead.

According to Reuters, at least five lives were claimed in Mongar while other five were killed in landslides in remote places of eastern districts.

Government-run Kuensel reported that damages to properties including chortens and lhakhangs, are reported in various eastern districts.

The strong quake was centered in Mongar district, 104 miles east of Thimphu at a depth of 4.5 miles, wrote the US Geological Survey.

“Houses, and monasteries and roads have been damaged. Mobile services are clogged,” Lungthen Dorji, the governor of Trashigang district told Reuters.

No authority has so far estimated the loss, however, several witness reported the state-owned radio that chortens and lhakangs were destroyed by the earthquake.

The Indian media have quoted the Meteorological Department of India reporting of tremors in the bordering states of Assam and West Bengal.

Meanwhile, the online version of Washington Post quoting officials has mentioned that the quake was also felt in Bangladesh and Lhasa, the Tibetan capital in southwest China, but there were no signs of damage in either place, officials said.