The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 5.6-magnitude earthquake in western Assam at 10:20 (local time) on Wednesday, September 12, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi). Tremors were rated as "Very Strong" (seven out of ten categories), with reports of shaking in neighboring states of West Bengal and Bihar as well as in Bangladesh. No damage was reported as of 10:50 on Wednesday. Possible aftershocks are likely in the coming hours and days.
Assam is located near the edge of the Indian tectonic plate, where it meets with the Eurasian plate to form the Himalaya Mountains. Earthquakes in Assam and the northeastern states are common.
Individuals present in the area are advised to be prepared for aftershocks and to adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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