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According to Boston-based catastrophe modeling company AIR Worldwide, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit northeast India near its border with Myanmar and Bangladesh on Jan. 4 at 4:35 a.m. local time.

The quake was centered about 18 miles northwest of Imphal (population of approximately 270,000), the capital of Manipur state, AIR said. The quake — which reportedly lasted as long as 60 seconds — occurred while many people were asleep. The current casualty toll is expected to rise, with rescue efforts hampered by severed power supplies and telecommunication links.

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