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4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits North Bengal

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Darjeeling, Gangtok, East District, Sikkim, India

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Gangtok, East District, Sikkim, India. The tremor was recorded in the evening on Sunday 25 July 2021 at 8:09 pm local time, at a very shallow depth of 5 km below the surface.

The event was filed by India's National Center for Seismology (NCS), the first seismological agency to report it.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.

In Singtam (pop. 6,100) located 1 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Gangtok (pop. 30,700) located 15 km from the epicenter, Kalimpong (pop. 43,000) 19 km away, and Darjeeling (pop. 123,800) 32 km away.

Other towns or cities near the epicentre where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kurseong (pop. 46,400) located 45 km from the epicentre, Siliguri (pop. 515,600) 59 km away, Bagdogra (pop. 17,400) 63 km away, and Naxalbari (pop. 57,300) 68 km away.

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