Yet another Bihar earthquake, this one measuring 5.7 magnitude on the Richter scale, sent people into a tizzy on Saturday in the evening. The earthquake was felt in Patna and other parts of the state but there was no report of damage due it.
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, about 76 km east south east of the capital Kathmandu, at a shallow depth of 10 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said. This, in turn, shook the Indian states too.
The earthquake in Bihar was felt at 5.04 pm, Director State Meteorological department A K Sen said, adding it had its epicentre in Nepal at a depth of 10 km.
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The temblor was experienced in Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Kisanganj, East Champaran, Lakhisarai, Munger and many other parts of Bihar. Citizens rushed out of their houses in fear with the May 12 temblors fresh in their minds. Earlier, at 9.09 am, a temblor measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was experienced by the state.
Referring to the evening quake, Sen said an aftershock of this magnitude is generally not seen three days after a high intensity one like the one that took place on May 12. “An aftershock of 5.7 intensity after three days of high intensity earthquake on May 12 measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale is rare in weather science,” Sen said.
Generally, aftershocks after a high intensity tremor like that of May 12 are not more than 4. A total 21 people had lost lives in the May 12 earthquake which was of of 7.3 intensity, while 58 people had died in Bihar due to the devastating temblor on April 25.
The earthquake was also felt across north West Bengal and Sikkim this evening at 5.05 pm. The Indian Meterological Department in-charge in Sikkim, Gopinath Raha, said the tremor lasted for 10.5 seconds.
There were no reports of any damage or casualty from anywhere in the region. High intensity earthquakes have already taken a large toll in India in the wake of the major quake and aftershocks that had devastated Nepal on April 25 and shaken most of the country all the way down to Chennai.
8 bodies recovered from US chopper; another earthquake jolts Nepal
Kathmandu: Charred bodies of all eight soldiers onboard the US Marine chopper that crashed in a remote hilly area while delivering aid in quake-hit Nepal have been recovered as a tremor of moderate intensity and seven milder aftershocks jolted the battered nation today.
The latest 5.5-magnitude aftershock was felt across the border in India and Bangladesh, triggering a fresh wave of panic among the devastated people in Nepal who have been forced to stay in the open for over three weeks now.
Earlier today, seven milder aftershocks were felt as death toll from the Tuesday temblor rose to 136.
Nepal Army rescue team spotted wrecked parts of the US Marine Corps UH-1 Huey, that went missing from the remote and rugged area of Gorthali village in Sindhupalchowk district since Tuesday when the second powerful temblor struck, yesterday on a steep slope of the mountainside.
Three of the eight bodies were recovered from its wreckage yesterday soon after it was located.
The parts of the Huey – a helicopter dating back to the Vietnam War era – were found scattered around at 11,200-feet altitude, Nepal Army said.
Eight bodies have also been recovered from the crash site – all of them charred and in a state beyond recognition, the Army said in a statement.
The remains would soon be transferred to Kathmandu, Nepal Army spokesman Jagadish Pokharel said.
The chopper carrying two Nepalese Army personnel and six US Marines to deliver aid and relief materials in Charikot and Dolakha, two of the districts most affected by the quakes, had crashed in the mountainous region of Sindhupalchowk, it said.
The disappearance of the helicopter – among over a dozen US military aircraft undertaking aid operations – had triggered intense search involving US and Nepalese aircraft and even US satellites besides hundreds of American and Nepalese ground troops.
Both the US and Nepalese Army have reached the site, though the real cause of the crash is not yet known.
“Together we mourn as our nation and the Federal Republic of Nepal have lost eight courageous men. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” said commander of the US Pacific Command Admiral Samuel J Locklear.
Investigation is underway in this regard, according to the Army statement.
According to some reports, the crew had been heard over the radio saying the aircraft was experiencing a fuel problem.
Initial report indicates that “panic-stricken” flight captain flew the aircraft too high — either to avoid the giant landslides in the surrounding areas, or the areas were blanketed by thick fog suddenly, according to ekantipur.com.
The report also quoted an aviation expert as saying that “normally, search and rescue missions involve flying as low as 600 feet from the ground level and we were surprised to know that the aircraft crashed at 11,200 feet”.
The eighth tremor, whose intensity according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) was 5.7 on the Richter Scale, struck the Himalayan nation at 5.17 pm with a shallow depth of 10 kms and its epicentre at Dolakha, situated in east of Kathmandu.
Seven mild tremors earlier recorded near Kathmandu this morning with magnitude around 4 on the Richter Scale kept people on edge in Nepal that has been devastated by two powerful earthquakes that struck within weeks.
The death toll from Tuesday’s 7.3-magnitude temblor rose to 136 while the number of injured reached 2,956. The powerful quake struck the Himalayan nation just when it had begun to rebuild itself following the devastation from the monster temblor less than three weeks ago.
A 4.2-magnitude tremor was recorded with epicentre in Lalitpur-Makawanpur (neighbouring districts of Kathmandu) at 9.35 am while another 4.2-magnitude aftershock was recorded minutes before at 9.24 am with epicentre at Sindhupalchowk district, 100 kms east of Kathmandu.
Similarly, five small tremors of 4 and 4.1 magnitude were recorded between 2 am to 6.30 am with epicentres at Gorkha-Dhading, Dolakha and Nuwakot districts, according to National Seismological Centre.
Over 230 aftershocks have been recorded so far after the April 25 quake that killed more than 8,400 people and flattened thousands of buildings, including some iconic heritage jewels that has hit the country’s tourism sector hard.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today said that the Nepalese government has given a high priority to the tourism sector as it was the foundation of nation development and was ready to assist entrepreneurs in the sector, according to a report in My Republica.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross more than doubled its emergency assistance to USD 93 million for Nepal to help the nearly 7,00,000 earthquake survivors for the next two years so that they rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.