Bhubaneswar, May 22 UNI | 2 months ago

At least 96 people were injured and cracks appeared in several buildings across Odisha when an earthquake of moderate intensity having its magnitude 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked almost all the districts in Odisha yesterday at 2151 hours.

State Special relief Commissioner(SRC) office here today said the epicentre of the quake was reported in Bay of Bengal, about 310 Kms south-east of Seismological Observatory, Bhubaneswar.

Official sources said most of the people sustained injuries due to panic in the process of evacuation.

As per the report of the Director of Heath Services, 93 people have been treated for minor injuries at various hospitals in the state and later discharged while two people were being treated at the Capital Hospital here for major injuries.

While 37 people were treated at the Capital Hospital here, 36 were treated at the Jagatsinghpur district, 21 in Cuttack district and two people in Jajpur district.

The tremor, the SRC said was felt almost in all the districts in the state. There was a sigh of relief when the INCOIS, Hyderabad and the Tsunami Warning Centre of the Government, after due evaluation, reported that there was no tsunami threat.

Thousands of people who moved out of their houses in the night in panic, however, spent several hours under the open sky and outside their buildings for several hours fearing that the earthquake might reoccur again.

SRC sources said there is no report of any major damages due to earthquake. However, reports of some cracks in the buildings at different places were reported.

(Posted on 22-05-2014)