1. Nepal earthquake: Delhi, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, others shaken by over 7.0 magnitude temblor

Nepal earthquake: Delhi, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, others shaken by over 7.0 magnitude temblor

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 on richter scale epicentred in Nepal shook West Bengal, Delhi and several parts of north India today.

By: and | Updated: May 12, 2015 4:45 PM
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A Nepalese woman sits outdoors after another earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal. A major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest less than three weeks after the country was devastated by a quake. (AP)

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 on richter scale epicentred in Nepal shook West Bengal, Delhi and several parts of north India today, less than three weeks after the region was struck by a devastating temblor.

“The quake measured 7.4 on richter scale with epicentre somewhere in Nepal,” an IMD official said.

Immediately after the quake at around 12:35 PM, panic- stricken people were seen rushing out of buildings in Delhi.

Metro services were immediately put on restricted mode with speeds being slowed down.

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Nepalese people gather outdoors after another earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (AP)

Authorities said in many areas, high-rise buildings are being vacated.

The tremors lasted for around one minute.

In Kolkata, hundreds of people ran out of their homes and offices into the streets.

In Bihar capital Patna, people were seen running away from building into open spaces. Similar reports were coming from Assam and other eastern states.

The tremors were also felt as far as Chennai.

Earthquake measuring 7.3 on Richter scale jolts Assam

An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale shook Assam today at 12:35 PM.

The quake with epicentre in Nepal was on latitude 27.6 degree north and 86.6 degree east at a depth of 18 km, according to the the Central Seismological Observatory in Shillong.

The quake lasting nearly a minute caused panic among the people who rushed out of their houses and offices to the open spaces outside.

No loss of life or property has been reported so far.

Eight injured as quake jolts Bengal

At least eight people were injured as parts of West Bengal were today rocked by an earthquake that had its epicentre in Nepal.

“As per reports received so far, eight persons received minor injuries during the earthquake. Of them, three were from Siliguri and five others were from Matigara in north Bengal,” state Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat Nabanna.

All the injured were immediately taken to local hospitals for treatment and were later released, he said.

There was no information as yet regarding any major incident of loss or damage from anywhere in the state.

Meanwhile, the district magistrates and police superintendents of all districts have been asked to open control rooms with a central control room at the state secretariat under direct supervision of the Disaster Management department.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, now in Bankura, appealed to the people to remain calm and assured that her government would provide all support.

“Earthquake has once again struck many parts of our state and other parts of the country and abroad,” the CM wrote on her Facebook wall.

“I appeal to our people to maintain calm. Our government will provide all support,” she posted.

“Round-the-clock Control Room has been opened at Nabanna and the numbers are 1070 and 22143526. We are with all our brothers and sisters,” Banerjee wrote.

Metro railway services were temporarily suspended due to the tremor from 12.48 PM.

Normal train services resumed at 1.15 PM, Metro railway sources here said.

Quake jolts Jharkhand

Tremors were felt in several places in Jharkhand today but no loss of life or property damage was reported.

Tremors were felt in Ranchi, Dumka, Giridih and in other places around 12.35 PM for a few seconds, an official said.

There was no report of any damage to life or property.

Mild tremors in Chennai

Mild tremors were felt in some parts of the city here today as the fallout of a powerful earthquake epicentred in Nepal, officials said.

Tremors were felt in Valasaravakkam, Santhome and parts of Kodambakkam, they said.

The Seismology Unit of the Regional Meterological Centre here said the tremors were felt as a result of the 7.1 magnitude quake epicentred in Nepal.

Residents and office-goers fled buildings in the localities to safer zone. There were no reports of any damage to life or property, police said.

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale epicentred in Nepal shook West Bengal, Delhi and several parts of north India today.

Tremors felt in Odisha

Tremors were felt in most parts of Odisha today triggering panic among the people who rushed out of the buildings.

An earthquake of 7.4 magnitude on the Richter scale occurred at 12.35 hours IST with its epicentre at latitude 27.60 North and longitude 86.00 East in Nepal, according to a MeT official.

The epicentre of the earthquake was about 815 km North of Bhubaneswar.

Apart from the state capital Bhubaneswar, tremors were felt in Cuttack, Balasore, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Khurda, Rourkela, Ganjam, Baripada, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Nabarangpur and several other places.

Nepal earthquake jolts parts of Gujarat too; no damage reported

Effect of twin earthquakes that struck Nepal today were also felt in parts of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat and Vadodara cities where people rushed out of high rise buildings after tremors.

However, no damage has been reported so far in the state due to the earthquake, said officials.

“Due to the earth-quake reported around 65 kms east of Nepal’s capital town Kathmandu, many parts of Gujarat also felt its affect,” B K Rastogi, Director at Institute of Seismological Research (ISR), told PTI.

Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara and Surat felt the tremors, added Rastogi.

The intensity of tremors felt in Gujarat due to earthquake of Nepal would be around 3 on the Richter scale, said Rastogi adding that no damage has been reported due to the jolt.

The tremors were felt mainly in high-rise buildings of the city, he said.

State Relief Commissioner D N Pandey told PTI that there is no report of casualty or damage from any where in the state.

Immediately after the quake at around 12:35 PM, panic-struck people in the city, who were seen rushing out of high-rise buildings. Situation was the same in many other cities of North, Central and South Gujarat, where people felt the jolt in high-rise and tall buildings.

Tremors felt in Uttarakhand

Tremors were felt across Uttarakhand today as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, less than three weeks after a devastating quake jolted the Himalayan country.

Tremors were felt in all the 13 districts of Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Pithoragarh which is close to Nepal border, Anand Sharma, Director of MeT office here said.

It was an aftershock of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal as its epicentre was located in about the same area, Sharma said.

With tremors felt in most parts of Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat sought a detailed report from all District Magistrates on the situation in their areas.

Damages if any should be immediately reported and disaster management units in all districts should be put on alert, an official release quoting Rawat said here.

Tremors felt across Madhya Pradesh after two earthquakes hit India

Tremors of two near-simultaneous powerful earthquakes that shook several states in North and East India, with their epicentres in Nepal and Afghanistan, were felt across Madhya Pradesh this afternoon, officials said.

“The tremors of the two quakes were experienced in entire Madhya Pradesh at 12.35 pm and 1.06 pm respectively,” Dr Anupam Kashyapi, Director of the regional centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) told PTI.

However, no casualty was reported from any part of the state, he said.

According to the IMD, the quake measuring 7.3 on Richter scale struck at 12.35 pm today, some 70 kilometres east of Kathmandu at a depth of 18.5 kilometres. The Union Home Ministry said there was also a near simultaneous earthquake epicentred in Afghanistan which measured 6.9 on Richter scale.

“We have asked people living in the kaccha earthen houses to stay out of their houses in Rewa and Sagar divisions of the state,” Kashyapi added.

According to officials, the panic-stricken people in Bhopal ran out of their offices, including the state Secretariat, malls and buildings following tremors.

He said that the first tremors lasted for 95 seconds, while the following ones lasted for around 40 seconds.

The April 25 earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale, had claimed over 8,000 lives in Nepal. Nearly 80 people were also killed in India, mostly in Bihar, due to the temblor.

Fresh tremors felt in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh was today rocked by an earthquake, that had its epicenter in Nepal, causing panic among the people.

Uttar Pradesh was today rocked by an earthquake, that had its epicenter in Nepal, causing panic among the people.

The tremors were felt twice in the state, forcing people to rush out of their offices and apartments and affecting communication and transportation services.

The tremor started at around 12.35 PM, continued for nearly 30 seconds and recurred again at 12.45 PM, the MeT office said.

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 on the richter scale shook West Bengal, Delhi and several other parts of north India today, less than three weeks after the region was struck by a devastating temblor.

“The quake measured 7.1 on richter scale with epicentre somewhere in Nepal,” an IMD official said.

Mild tremors in Chattisgarh as strong temblor jolts Nepal, India

Mild tremors were experienced in several cities of Chhattisgarh today after a strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on Richter scale epicentered in Nepal shook several states in North and East India.

However, no loss of human life or damage to property was reported in the state.

“Low intensity tremors were felt in Ambikapur, Jashpur, Korba, Bilaspur and in some parts of Raipur at around 12.35 PM,” meteorologist M Gopal Rao, at Raipur Meteorological Centre, told PTI.

“We have roughly calculated the intensity of the tremor which is varying between 3.5 to 4 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was epicentered in Nepal…,” Rao said.

The aftershocks may be felt during next 24 to 48 hours in several parts of the state due to the quake, he said.

The tremors triggered panic in the affected region following which people moved out of their offices and multi-storey buildings.

Meanwhile, the state revenue and disaster management department said no loss of life or property has been reported due to the quake.

“I have spoken to collectors of districts in northern part of the state. A mild tremor was felt at various places there, but there are no reports about any damage to property, or casualties,” Revenue and Disaster Management department Secretary K R Pisda told PTI.

The district collectors have been instructed to carefully monitor the situation and take complete information in this regard, he said.

The quake measuring 7.3 on Richter scale struck at 12.35 PM, some 70 km east of Kathmandu at a depth of 18.5 km, Indian Meteorological Department said, adding three aftershocks of 6.2, 5.4, and 4.8 followed the quake.

The Home Ministry said there was also a near simultaneous earthquake epicentered in Afghanistan which measured 6.9 on Richter scale.

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