6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes northern India, near Sikkim- 66 dead, 350 injured

September 18, 2011INDIA – A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the region of northern India near Sikkim. The quake had a depth of 20 km and was immediately followed by a 4.8 magnitude aftershock at relatively the same depth. The epicenter of the earthquake was 119 km (73 miles) NNW of Shiliguri, West Bengal, India and 572 km (355 miles) N of Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India. The earthquake struck in the mountainous region of India Sunday evening. The 6.9 magnitude is the 17th major earthquake to strike the planet in the month of September. –The Extinction Protocol
New Delhi:  At least 66 people have been killed after an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Sikkim this evening. Strong tremors were also felt in parts of North and East India. The epicenter of the quake is said to be just 64 kilometres North-West of Gangtok. Tremors were felt in Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, New Delhi and the National Capital Region. Three aftershocks, of magnitude 5.7, 5.1 and 4.6 were also felt in Sikkim, says the India Meteorological Department. Many buildings in the state have developed cracks, including the Sikkim Manipal University building. There is no electricity in Gangtok and Darjeeling. Telephone lines have also snapped in some parts of Sikkim; phone lines are congested in West Bengal. Five Indian Air Force planes have also been pressed into action for relief operations. Small Army columns in Sikkim have also been mobilised post the earthquake. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has spoken to Sikkim’s Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and offered help. The Prime Minister has directed the Cabinet Secretary to call an emergency meeting of the Disaster Management Authority. –NDTV
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33 Responses to 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes northern India, near Sikkim- 66 dead, 350 injured

  1. luisport says:

    UPDATE: 13:55 UTC:-

    Telephone land lines to Gangtok were disconnected and not much information is available from the epicentre as expected at this time.

    UPDATE: 13:47 UTC:-

    The capital of Bhutan has received moderate shaking of intensity V. We continue to expect much damage.

    UPDATE: 13:44 UTC:-

    Gangtok and Shiliguri have recorded VII intensity values from the did you feel it? system on USGS meaning there is likely damage.

    The city of Lucknow recorded shaking for 30 seconds.

    UPDATE: 13:39 UTC:-

    Earthquakes in 1973, 1980, 2006 and 2007 have caused damage and fatalities near Sikkim, India in CATDAT.

    However, these earthquakes have had magnitudes much lower. The last earthquake in 2007 caused 2 fatalities near where the earthquake occurred today.

    UPDATE: 13:36 UTC:-

    ​PAGER is reporting a median 1 fatality from their estimate and a median 1-10 million USD damage.

    ​WAPMERR is however reporting that it could have between 100-400 fatalities, 200-800 injuries.



  2. c/o Luisport

    Tremors felt in Delhi and many parts of north India; Reports of tremors also felt in Patna, Kolkata, Lucknow, Jaipur & Guwahati; A magnitude 6.8 earthquke hit India 12:40:48 UT (10:48 PM at epicenter) The depth of the hypocenter was at 20.7 km.

    The quake comes just days after an earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hit Haryana’s Sonepat district, sending tremors in New Delhi.


  3. c/o Saisuji

    Alvin,6.8m earthquake in my country, India now. The epicentre is Sikkim, tremors felt in new delhi, patna, kolkata, guwahati…


  4. luisport says:

    Maranatha, things are heating fast… M6+ earthquakes everyday, volcanos awakening everywere. There are two places where volcanos are more and more active, iceland and indonesia. Do you think that like as in earthquakes, volcanos will be more geographically active? Big earthquakes are becoming global.


    • I think they will because seismic waves have been known to perturb pockets or chambers of magma- most oft, the effect is delayed as was the case with Chile’s 8.8 earthquake in 2010 and subsequent eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex in 2011- so 2012 will likely be a very active year volcanically. Most of the earthquakes we’re seeing are tectonic in nature or the results of volcanism, or in the case with Sikkim, the result of an upper thrust of the Indian plate colliding with the Eurasian plate. All this, including increased turbulence in the South Pacific Ring of Fire, shows geological change is accelerating as interior planetary temperatures rise, magnetic field strength erodes, and sea-floor spreading accelerates, especially along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which diverges in a rift through the center of Iceland. Look at the 4.6 magnitude earthquake along the sea-floor of the Mozambique Channel- look at the tremors breaking out along a fault on the ocean floor: http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_c0005wey_s.jpg


  5. We will watch for further developments. I suspect that there will be more acrivity around the Pacific Rim.


  6. saisuji says:

    Alvin, Thanks a lot for posting my comment. Feeling scared for my family about what is coming. Pray it will be quick. Take care and keep safe. You all, Alvin, luisport, irene, radiogirl, gen, all the others though only names feel like my family now. Love Saisuji


  7. yamkin says:

    For some unknown reason, USGS is not showing the significant XIZANG earthquake. Here’s the info from EMSC: XIZANG Mwp=6.5 Np=22 2011/09/18 12:40:57.3 28.6N 89.0E 102km



  8. Sanjog says:

    Tremors felt in Kathmandu, as well as in may parts of Nepal. Damages and deaths have been reported.


  9. prabhat says:

    Most of all the region of Nepal felt the earthquake & up to now 5 persons have been killed.


  10. MOTHER NATURE says:

    6.9 earthquake with 4.6 and 4.8 aftershocks.


  11. karina says:

    im scared about the earthquakes happening all around the world because i live in san diego,ca where earthquakes always happen.


    • Fear not…Karina. I believe God has everything within His control and there is a beautiful future awaiting the human race- a new Earth and a new beginning…There is a rainbow resting on the shoulder of the storm cloud.

      peace and blessings,


  12. luisport says:

    UPDATE 18:09 UTC

    20 people have been killed in total.

    ■7 people have been killed in Sikkim.
    ■5 people are reported dead in Nepal.
    ■2 persons were reportedly killed in Nalanda and Darbhanga districts of Bihar, out of which one died in a stampede.
    ■4 persons in total were also reported dead in Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri in West Bengal.
    ■Two Army personnel were also killed in the earthquake.
    UPDATE 17:30 UTC

    Spokesperson at Metropolitan Police Division SSP Madhav Kumar Nepal said, 24 persons were injured in the collapses caused by the earthquake in Kathmandu Valley alone. Likewise, two inmates were injured in a stampede at Bhadragol jail in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu, following the tremors. The roof of jail is said to have cracked in the tremor. Government spokesman Shrestha called on all the government bodies and social institutions to immediately collect the details of the damage and loss of lives and take to rescue operations.



  13. luisport says:

    Quakes ‘could rupture glacial lakes’

    Glacial lakes in the Himalayas could pose a major hazard to population centres if they are ruptured by earthquakes, scientists say.

    The true risk to settlements and infrastructure downstream in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayas region is difficult to assess.

    But the Himalayan region is dotted with glacial lakes and is in a seismically active zone.

    Experts say that, on the basis of past records, a large quake in the region is overdue.

    “Such a disaster is very much possible, more so, when we are expecting a big earthquake in the region now,” says Sushil Kumar, a geophysicist with the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in India.”



  14. People around the world are praying for the people in India, Nepal , Bangladesh and any place that has been affected by the earthquake. Please keep us updated and we will pass along any confirmed information that we are aware of.


  15. PansPermia says:

    BBC News 18 September 2011


    Several killed as earthquake strikes India, Nepal

    An eight-year-old child was among three killed after the wall of the British embassy in Nepal collapsed
    Continue reading the main story
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    Quake rescue teams scour Bhutan
    Quakes ‘could rupture glacial lakes’
    At least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured in Nepal and northern India after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region.

    Five people died in Nepal, including three crushed when a wall of the British embassy compound collapsed in the capital, Kathmandu.

    At least six people died in the Indian states of Sikkim and Bihar.

    Several earthquakes have hit the region this year, but none has caused major damage.

    *Maranatha – may love lift us up……….*


  16. Posted the link to your page on Facebook, several times.


  17. Gen says:

    Saisuji, may the Lord embrace you with his never ending love.

    ……..someone’s leading the way…..

    I hope this brings comfort to you:


  18. saisuji says:

    Alvin, may God shower you with his choicest blessings for bringing so many people together in love and comfort. Thanks everyone for the loving words. My heart is full, I am humbled. Lots of love, saisuji


  19. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Alvin for sharing all the most important global news and always keeping things current on your website. This is why the Extinction Protocol is my homepage.


  20. Sarah Athy says:

    God Bless India and everyone else affected by these events.


  21. luisport says:

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    Death toll rises to 66 after 6.8-magnitude earthquake in India; landslides hampering rescue efforts – @timesofindia http://bit.ly/qEGirc
    há 3 minutos


  22. Pema says:

    i’m from sikkim,rongli a small town situated in a valley surrounded by huge mountains in all sides.for us earthquake isn’t a major threat as a landslide is our main concern,my house being at the bottom of a hill,everyone’s scared what with all the hydel projects being build now.death tolls have reached over 50 with 100s injured and roads blocked by landslides.we’re even scared to sleep in our homes and camping outside.even t.v news are broadcasting for a bigger quake further.please pray for us.we need it.


  23. Gen says:

    The quake is enough to deal with on its own, let alone having to deal with rain and landslides.



  24. Cheme says:

    The rainfall is adding more threat to Sikkim and Darjeeling as we are prone to landslides. To add more spark to it we are receiving acid rain.


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