Sushanta Talukdar

Guwahati: A tremor of 5.7 magnitude at 1.09 a.m. on Tuesday woke up people in Assam, who had gone to bed in panic after experiencing a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Monday afternoon.

Monday’s tremor quickly followed by the sixth tremor in the past 42 days prompted the State Disaster Management Authority (SDM) on Tuesday to ask the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority and Guwahati Municipal Corporation to deploy engineers to identify vulnerable buildings in the city and instruct the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of the occupants of such buildings.

Panic gripped residents of multi-storeyed buildings in the city following cracks in some buildings after Monday’s earthquake.

The SDM also asked all government departments to activate their contingency plan.

The instructions were issued after a review meeting convened by Revenue Minister Bhumidhar Barman.

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