Strong quake in Bhutan kills at least 5

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A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked Bhutan on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with tremors felt in neighboring northeast India and Bangladesh.

The quake, which struck at 2:50 p.m. (local time), killed at least five people and sent others in several areas running into the streets, according to TV reports.

Bhutanese officials said that some buildings were damaged in the tremble and destroyed at least one home.

The epicenter was at Mongar, about 180 kilometers east of Bhutan’s capital Thimpu and 125 kilometers of north-west of Guwahati, USGS said.

Bhutan, a small landlocked kingdom in South Asia, is located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It used to be one of the most isolated nations in the world, but technological developments have increasingly modernized the urban areas of the country.