Kolkata, Feb 06: A 4.0 magnitude earthquake today hit most of South Bengal, including Durgapur, Raniganj and Bankura, Asansol and West Midnapore. Alipore Met Department Director (in-charge) S N Roy told UNI that the tremor was felt at around 1140 hours in several parts in these areas and lasted for 10 to 15 seconds.
The epicentre of the quake was at 23.6 degrees North Latitude and 87.1 degrees East Longitude, near Andal in Bardhaman district, he informed. Panic-stricken people rushed out of their houses towards open fields. School authorities at many places declared holiday fearing any eventuality. Reports from other districts said that the quake was severe as several buildings developed cracks. However, there are no initial reports of injuries or casualities.