On Thursday evening three moderate intensity earthquakes measuring 3.6 to 5.3 on the Richter scale had hit eastern Mizoram’s Champhai district within an hour. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the first earthquake of 5.3 magnitude had hit at around 5.37 p.m. followed by 3.6 and 4.1 magnitudes at 6.16 p.m and 6.47 p.m. respectively, the epicentre of the earthquakes was 35 km southwest of Champai district headquarters.
Besides Champhai, tremors were also felt in Saitual and Serchhip districts since June 22. Seismologists consider the mountainous northeast region as the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world. With a population of 1.1 million, Mizoram has recorded successive quakes since June 22 measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale, shook the Champhai district and adjoining areas, damaging more than 31 structures, including roads and buildings.