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Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 jolts India’s Assam state

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck India’s rugged north-eastern state of Assam on Wednesday, causing cracks in the walls and floors of some structures.

No immediate reports of injuries or casualties were reported.

The quake hit at a depth of 34 km near the town of Dhekiajuli, 140 km north of the main city of Guwahati.

“This earthquake was the biggest I can remember, there was first a big jolt and then a smaller one,” said a police official in the town. “We did not receive any distress calls, but people did run out of their homes.”

People streamed into the streets for fear of fresh tremors, with some saying the quake left cracks in their homes.

Strong tremors repeatedly struck other north-eastern areas and the neighbouring mountainous region of Bhutan.