42 killed as new, powerful quake jolts Nepal
Kathmandu: Already devastated, Nepal today suffered another powerful earthquake of 7.3-magnitude that killed at least 42 people and injured over 1,000 in less than three weeks of a temblor that had claimed over 8,000 lives.
The earthquake struck at 12:35 PM, some 83 kilometres east of Kathmandu near Mount Everest at a shallow depth of 15 kilometres, the US Geological Survey 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 42 people were killed while another 1,117 were injured due to today’s quake, according to the Home Ministry.
The fresh quake triggered massive panic among the people, who have been staying in the open since the 7.9-magnitude 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.
As many as six aftershocks measuring over 5 on the Richter Scale kept people on edge.
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 the capital 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.
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.