A massive earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude (earlier reports had indicated anything between 7.1 to 7.4) on Richter scale epicentred near Nepal, shook Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal and several parts of India today, less than three weeks after the region was struck by a devastating temblor. While 65 people were killed in Nepal and thousands injured, 17 died in India, 16 of them in Bihar and 39 others were injured.
Earthquake jolts were felt in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) today driven by the earthquake in Nepal. Delhi Metro was stalled for a while. Later Delhi Metro services were put on restricted mode with speeds being slowed down. The earthquake caused panic to spread in the public across north India, but timely intervention by authorities limited fallout, if any.
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PM took stock of the situation following the fresh major earthquake felt in Nepal and parts of India, at a high-level meeting.
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While 16 persons were reported killed in Bihar, 4 people died in Nepal’s Chautara. Three major landslides were also reported in Sindhupalchowk district. Kathmandu airport was shut down temporarily, but has been running thereafter.
“The earthquake measured 7.3 on richter scale with epicentre somewhere in Nepal,” an IMD official said. The National Disaster Response Force has been put on alert after two earthquakes struck India with epicentres in Nepal and Afghanistan. “The Home Ministry is collecting details and information about any damage from earthquake in India. NDRF has been placed on alert,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. The Home Minister called up India’s Ambassador to Nepal Ranjeet Ray and took stock of the situation in the Himalayan nation.
Immediately after the earthquake at around 12:35 PM, panic-stricken people were seen rushing out of buildings in Delhi.
Authorities said in many areas in Delhi, high-rise buildings are being vacated.
The earthquake 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.
The Delhi Secretariat as well as many government buildings were evacuated immediately after the earthquake.
Authorities said there was no immediate report of any major damage.
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In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed all senior officials to monitor the situation. Civil defence volunteers have deep deployed in various areas to make an assessment of damage by the earthquake. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also sought reports from all District Magistrates about extent of damage in their areas. The April 25 earthquake which measured 7.9 on 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.
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Some schools in Delhi vacated after earthquake
Some schools in Delhi and NCR were vacated after tremors were felt in Delhi today.
Students were asked by teachers to evacuate classrooms and assemble in the playground.
“Taking preventive measures we asked students to vacate the building and come out in the open,” teacher of a government school in Turkman Gate area said.
However, after a break of 20-30 minutes schools resumed operation.
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale picentred in Nepal shook West Bengal, Delhi and several parts of north India today.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed people to maintain calm.
“Please do not panic and maintain calm. Earthquake situation is being closely monitored and officials are already in the field,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Tremors felt 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 7.1 on the Richter scale epicentred in Nepal shook West Bengal, Delhi and several parts of north India today.
Tremors felt in West Bengal
Parts of West Bengal were today rocked by an earthquake, that had its epicentre in Nepal, causing panic among the people.
“Earthquake which had its epicentre in Nepal region, was felt here in the city and other parts of the Eastern region.
The quake measured 7.1- 7.2 on richter scale. We are still waiting for more details,” D K Das , a senior official of Kolkata Metrological department said.
Hundreds of people ran out of their homes, offices, metro stations and high rise buildings, and assembled on the streets. The tremors were felt in various parts of the city especially in Lake Town, Salt Lake, Dalhouise and Park street area.
People ran out of Metro stations and high rise buildings.
The April 25 Earthquake had claimed over 8000 lives in Nepal. Several people were also killed in India following the quake.
Bihar shaken by temblor again
Earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale was felt in Patna and other parts of Bihar this afternoon.
The earthquake was felt at 12:35 pm, state Meteorological department said.
Initial reports suggest that tremors were felt across several parts of the state including Darbhanga, East Champaran and Kisanganj.
The earthquake sent people into panic.
In the capital city Patna, citizens were seen running out from buildings into open spaces.
In many schools, children ran to safety in field.
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.
50 killed as new, powerful quake hits Nepal
Kathmandu (PTI): A new 7.3-magnitude earthquake and seven powerful aftershocks struck Nepal today killing at least 50 people and triggering panic in the Himalayan nation already devastated by a monster temblor less than three weeks ago that had claimed over 8,000 lives.
According to Nepal Police Spokesperson Kamal Singh Bam, the fresh quake that hit hardest in remote mountain districts northeast of the country’s capital Kathmandu killed at least 50 people, injuring more than 1,100 people besides causing further physical damages. Unofficial reports put the death toll at around 60.
The earthquake struck at 12:35 PM, some 83 km east of Kathmandu near Mount Everest at a shallow depth of 15 km, the US Geological Survey(USGS) said.
The agency had earlier measured the quake at 7.4 on the Richter Scale but later revised the intensity to 7.3.
The quake hit Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts – the worst-affected areas in the last month’s temblor. At least 26 people were killed in Dolakha, police said, adding a total of 32 of 75 districts were affected in the fresh quake.
A second tremor of 6.3-magnitude struck about 30 minutes after the 7.3-magnitude quake that sent terrifed residents running into the streets of the traumatised capital.
The USGS said there were five more aftershocks measuring over 5 on the Richter Scale after the second tremor that kept people on the edge.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD), the first quake was followed by at least seven more tremors in a span of less than two hours.
Police said several houses collapsed in the quake.
The fresh quake triggered massive panic among the people, who have been staying in the open since the 7.9-magnitude lethal temblor struck on April 25, killing over 8,000 people and flattening thousands of buildings besides destroying whole villages.
“All available helicopters along with Medical Team; SSR Team going to be mobilised to Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk soon,” said Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Centre.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has stationed eight helicopters in Nepal and one of them conducted an aerial survey soon after today’s quake.
Nepal’s only international airport, the Tribhuvan International Airport, was briefly closed by authorities and flights to Kathmandu were diverted.
Authorities have also ordered all schools to be closed for the next two weeks.
Strong tremors were felt in Kathmandu where people ran out of their houses in panic and some even started crying.
Authorities appealed to people to stay in open field.
The temblor triggered landslides and toppled buildings in Nepal that recently witnessed its worst quake in over 80 years and over 160 aftershocks.
At the main hospital in Kathmandu, patients hurt in last month’s quake were brought out in wheelchairs to avoid further injury.
Today’s quake had its impact in several cities in Bihar, West Bengal and UP and tremors were felt across vast stretches of east and northeast India, where the death toll has reached 17 so far.
The tremors were also felt in China, where one woman was killed in Tibet.