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High Court buildings in Calcutta, Patna and Western Hostel in New Delhi which were built just a few years ago at a huge cost and the government building in Darjeeling has been damaged.

Delhi – Never has an earthquake happened so fast as the one we feel today in living memory in this country. Unspeakable chaos was caused across all regions of upper India, from Lahore to the far eastern state of Assam, on Monday afternoon. People were arrested everywhere, and panic reigned for several hours in the major cities of Calcutta, Benares, Kaunpur and Patna as huge buildings collapsed like a pack of cards, many people buried alive.

High Court buildings in Calcutta, Patna and Western Hostel in New Delhi which were built just a few years ago at a huge cost and the government building in Darjeeling has been damaged.

Reports from Kolkata, Kaunpur and other places indicate that many people died and many were injured.

Judges are running away from the courts

All the justices of the High Court, members of the Bar and the staff of clergy attached to the offices of the High Court in Calcutta rushed to the street in the wake of the stampede that followed the successive shocks. A number of people were killed as a result of the collapse of the EI railway building, including the wives and children of railway officers.

Western youth hostel crack

The Western Inn in New Delhi was cracked in several places by the shock of the earthquake this afternoon.

Many injured in Benares

We felt the shock of a terrible earthquake here today at 2-10pm, across town, and it lasted for over four minutes. Many houses in the city were cracked and some had already collapsed. Several people have been injured but no death report has been received so far.

house collapses

The latest reports indicate that about seven thousand houses were cracked, and parts of them fell, about three hundred houses. Several people were injured.

in Patna

A very intense seismic shock, like never before in the history of Patna, was felt by people at 2-30 pm and lasted nearly three minutes.

There was a regular panic, as inmates of various official and private buildings appeared. The loss is not exactly estimated.

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