SILCHAR, Jan 4: Along with the entire northeast, Barak Valley was also hit by tremor which measured 6.7 on Richter Scale with its epicentre in the Tamenglong district of Manipur, 35 km from the capital. The impact of the tremor was intense as the shockwave went down 30 to 35 km down the earth. Though there was no report of any casualty from the three districts of the valley, several houses and buildings were damaged which led to injury to 6 persons in different parts of Cachar and Hailakandi.
According to a report, 20 semi-pucca houses were fully damaged in Chengjoor Boalia gaon panchayat in Lakhipur subdivision. The house collapse seriously injured Satyam Rabidas and his father Lal Mohan Rabidas sustained minor injury. Satyam Rabidas was admitted in Lakhipur primary health centre from where he was referred to Silchar Medical College and Hospital. Pushpa Ghosh and Munni Rabidas were also injured in house collapse. Barak bridge which connects Lakhipur with Manipur developed crack. Two persons in Hailakandi town were injured as the rooftops fell on them. Anup Kumar Goswami who sustained major injury was admitted in civil hospital.
Residents of multi storey buildings were seized with panic as the tremor rocked the northeast around 4.35 am. Many were seen screaming and rushed out in the open. The residents of a 4 storey apartment which was badly damaged in the Ambicapatty area of this town were so gripped with fear that they dare not entre. Some of the families have left for other places. As the head of one such family said, “We are so scared with other members of the family that we no more want to live in this apartment.”
In fact, it was after 30 years that the valley experienced a major shock. In living memory, today’s earthquake was a major one. On December 31, 1985, Soi was hit by a quake with its epicentre at Soimukh in which 8 persons were killed. The history of earthquakes shows that this valley has been hit by tremors several times. In fact, according to geologists and seismologists, there is tectonic movement across the valley. According to them, Barak Valley falls in the active seismic zone with Sylhet fault in the west and Haflong thrust in the north.