Earthquake kills 10 in Bhutan

Published on Sep 21 2009 // Main News

At least 10 citizens were killed by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Bhutan today around 3 p.m.

Reuters reported that at least five lives were claimed in Mongar while other five were killed in landslides in remote places of eastern districts.

The strong quake was centered in Mongar district, 104 miles east of Thimphu at a depth of 4.5 miles, wrote the US Geological Survey.

“Houses, and monasteries and roads have been damaged. Mobile services are clogged,” Lungthen Dorji, the governor of Trashigang district told Reuters.

No authority has so far calculated the damage, however, several witness reported the state-owned radio that chortens and lhakangs were destroyed by the earthquake.

The Indian media have quoted the Meteorological Department of India reporting of tremors in the bordering states of Assam and West Bengal.