In India, a northeastern state was hit by an earthquake of 6.2 to 6.4 magnitude that wrecked buildings and roads amid the grim outburst of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (coronavirus).
The quake hit Assam in India on Wednesday at 7:51 a.m, with enough force to crack walls and floors in buildings and streets. Footage from local citizens was posted on social media. The quake extended to a depth of 21 miles (34 kilometers) near Dhekiajuli, 86 miles (140 kilometers) north of Guwahati, Reuters concluded from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Twitter account @ian_india shared images of a damaged building in Sonitpur district after the shock.
A powerful #earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale jolted #Assam and other parts of northeast on Wednesday while six aftershocks were recorded in the hours after the first quake which shook up #Sonitpur in northern Assam at 7.51 a.m. on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/EupP3TyQLM
— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) April 28, 2021
User @drswolle shared footage of deep cracks in an apartment wall in Assam.
— M.A.D (@drswolle) April 28, 2021
“This earthquake was the biggest I can remember, there was first a big jolt and then a smaller one,” detailed a police official in Dhekiajuli. “We did not receive any distress calls, but people did run out of their homes.”
Officials in the state are currently checking for fatalities, with none reported so far.
“Big earthquake hits Assam. I pray for the wellbeing of all and urge everyone to stay alert. Taking updates from all districts,” reviewed Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The massive earthquake was strong enough to tear down a part of a hill in Udalguri district, near the Bhutan border, with several Twitter witnesses sharing the collapse as it happened.
In video Bhairabkunda hill in Udalguri district pic.twitter.com/VZcvB3aHMe
— Debashish Talukdar (@debashishtaluk) April 28, 2021
There was damage to the streets in Assam.
— Rising Northeast (@NortheastRising) April 28, 2021
The natural disaster strikes as India struggles with more CCP Virus or (coronavirus) infections, reaching 360,960 cases and 3293 fatalities over the past 24 hours—a startling increase from the 223,000 new infections recorded the day before. The horrific statistics comprise 115 deaths per hour on Tuesday, reported by ITV News.
Countries worldwide have pledged India help through this alarming period, including the United States, The UK, The E.U., Denmark, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Australia, and several others.
“And we live in a world where we cannot be separated indefinitely,” said Barkha Dutt, a renowned journalist in India and columnist for the Washington Post, in an interview with ITV. She warned other countries might face the same CCP Virus eruption, and foreign help would be “for the sake of the world.”