6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northeast India

NEW DELHI, Sept. 21 (UPI) — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck northeast India Monday, blocking roads, cracking walls and collapsing at least one house, officials reported.

Damage was reported in Eastern Bhutan state, especially in its Mongar district, Indian Home Minister Minjur Dorji told CNN.

In hilly, remote regions, the earthquake shook loose rocks and sent them down onto roads, Dorji said.

Initially, there were no reports of casualties, South Asian news agency ANI reported. It was the fifth earthquake in northeast India within a month, the news agency said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake was about 85 miles northwest of Gauhati, 110 miles east of Thimphu, 380 miles northeast of Calcutta and 870 miles from New Delhi.

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