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September 18, 2011 at 12:40 UTC

New Dehli, and Nepal experience strong earthquake effects. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake with it's epicenter at Gangtok, sikkim, killed at least 9 people, damaged buildings, and sent many residents, shoppers, and even lawmakers running into the streets.

TV stations in sikkim's state capital of Gangtok, only 42 miles from the earthquakes epicenter, reported multiple building collapses and significant cracks in many of it's sidewalks. The full extent of damage will take time to assess as the region is sparsely populated. Many of it's people live in remote areas which are now cut off by mudslides triggered by the earthquake.

At least four people died in Sikkim, and many more were injured. In Nepal five deaths were reported, with dozens more hurt. In West Bengal, power lines were snapped by the earthquake, putting most of the city into total darkness. Rescue workers overnight searched for pinned victims under fallen buildings throught the area.

Indian Seismology officials stated that at least two after shocks have been felt of magnitude 6.1 and 5.3 so far. They also warn that more aftershocks are possible.

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