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India earthquake kills at least 8

A strong earthquake damaged buildings, killed at least eight people and injured more than 100 in India's remote northeast region early Monday.

'The ground swayed for almost a minute, jolting people awake in their homes'

A man and his son pass a damaged house after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Imphal, northeast India, on Monday. (EPA)

A strong earthquake damaged buildings, killed at least eight people and injured more than 100 in India's remote northeast region early Monday.

The death and injuries were caused by falling debris. Manipur state's home minister, G. Gaikhangam, said several areas suffered extensive damage, especially the capital, Imphal. He did not give details but told reporters the situation was still being assessed.

A woman is consoled by a family member after her mother and niece were killed in Leimakhong village. (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty)

Three people were killed in Imphal and five in other parts of the state, said police officer A.K. Jalajit.

Media reports said five people were killed in neighbouring Bangladesh, but there was no official confirmation.

Gopal Motea sits in front of his collapsed house where his mother and daughter were killed in the quake. (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty)

The 6.7-magnitude tremor left large cracks in walls, damaged a bridge on the outskirts of the capital and caused a newly constructed six-storey building to collapse. The region is dotted with small houses with few tall buildings.

India's Meteorological Department said the epicentre was in the Tamenglong region of Manipur. It struck 35 kilometres northwest of Imphal, 17 kilometres below the surface and not far from the border with Burma, also known as Myanmar.

Soldiers remove debris from a damaged building in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. (Bullu Raj/Associated Press)

Police officer L. Ragui said by telephone that dozens of homes were slightly damaged in Tamenglong.

Shangthon Kamei, a teacher in Tamenglong, said the earthquake rattled buildings.

"It lasted for around one minute. We were sleeping and were woken up by the earthquake," he said.

Traders wait outside a market to collect their materials after the building was damaged. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

The area is remote, with poor cellphone and internet connections, and information about conditions outside of major cities may take time to emerge.

Nearly 90 members of the National Disaster Response Force have left to check on remote areas, police said.

A man grimaces in pain after he was injured in the quake. (Bullu Raj/Associated Press )

Imphal residents said furniture was knocked over and books fell off shelves.

"The ground swayed for almost a minute, jolting people awake in their homes," said one resident, Apem Arthur.

Bodies were transported to a local hospital after the quake. (EPA)

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