November 2011 Myanmar earthquake

The November 2011 Myanmar earthquake was a magnitude 5.9 (Mw) moderate earthquake epicentered at Myanmar, about 130 km east of Manipur capital Imphal, India, on 21 November 2011 at 09:45 local time. The tremor was also felt in Indian states of Assam, Nagaland, Kolkata and some areas of north Bengal and in Bangladesh.[2]

November 2011 Myanmar earthquake
Epicenter is located in India
Map showing the epicenter of the earthquake
UTC time2011-11-21 03:15:43
ISC event17546241
Local date21 November 2011
Local time09:45
Magnitude5.9 (Mw)
Depth10.9 km (6.8 mi)
Epicenter24°56′49″N 95°13′34″E / 24.947°N 95.226°E / 24.947; 95.226Coordinates: 24°56′49″N 95°13′34″E / 24.947°N 95.226°E / 24.947; 95.226
Max. intensityVII (Very strong)[1]

The region had previously experienced one of the worst earthquakes in 1897, measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale, that claimed the lives of over 1,500 people.[3] Again in September 2011, more than 50 people died after a killer quake measuring 6.9 had shaken the region.[4]


The magnitude 5.9 (Mw) earthquake occurred inland at 09:45 local time on 21 November 2011 in Myanmar, which is about 130 km (80 miles) east of Imphal, Manipur, India. Mild tremors were felt across parts of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, Kolkata and some areas of north Bengal parts of India, and also in Bangladesh.

The depth of the epicentre had resulted in lesser loss as compared to when it would be nearer the surface. No casualty or any damage was recorded immediate to the quake. However, in Guwahati, about 300 kilometres from the epicentre, homes were shaken for about 8–10 seconds at 08:46am (IST), which resulted in people running towards streets.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Magnitude 6.9 - Sikkim, India: Tectonic Summary". USGS. 18 September 2011. Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  2. ^ "'No casualties' in north-east India earthquake". BBC. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Quake hits north-east India, tremors felt in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Kolkata". NDTV. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ "5.9-magnitude earthquake jolts north-east India". Hindustan Times. 21 November 2011. Archived from the original on November 21, 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Quake rattles Myanmar, northeast India". Channel NewsAsia. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.

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