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22 Sep 2009 description

OVERALL SITUATION

On Monday, 21 September 2009, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit at 02:53:05 pm local time in Mongar in Bhutan. The US Geological Survey initially reported the earthquake as 6.3 mw which was later revised to 6.1 mw.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 177 km from Thimpu , the Bhutanese capital . As of 09:30 pm local time in Bhutan, 12 people had been killed - 5 in Mongar, 4 in Samdrup Jongkhar and 3 in Trashigang. Seven more tremors were felt in Transhigang after the earthquake hit, with the first few tremors occurring every half an hour.