Facebook Activates Safety Check For Manipur, India Earthquake

Posted: Jan 4 2016, 1:29am CST | by , Updated: Jan 4 2016, 1:31am CST, in News | Latest Political News

Facebook Activates Safety Check for Manipur, India Earthquake
An Indian resident surveys a damaged wall at a house in Imphal on January 4, 2016, after a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. At least two people were reported dead after a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets. AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP / STRDEL (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

An earthquake hit South Asia, triggering Facebook to activate its Safety Check feature.

An earthquake hit South Asia just before dawn on Monday. The United States Geological Survey reported that it was a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hitting northeastern India at 4:35 AM local time. The epicenter was near Imphal, the capital of the state of Manipur.

The earthquake tremors were felt throughout the region, including Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The Facebook Safety Check for the Manipur, India Earthquake is available here.

Facebook is sending out messages to users that are that appear to be nearby. The notification allows users to share that they're safe and check on others if they are safe as well.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg personally announced the Safety Check activation for the India Earthquake. He added: "My thoughts are with everyone in the affected areas. May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy."

Reuters reports that so far 9 have been reported as killed by the earthquake and 200 injured. "It was the biggest earthquake we've felt in Imphal,"" disaster response worker Kanarjit Kangujam told Reuters by telephone. This eye witness report likely means that the death toll will rise as more reports are coming in.

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