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17 killed in India after another powerful earthquake


New Delhi: 17 persons killed in earthquake in India, of them 16 in Bihar; 39 others injured: MHA.

16 persons were killed in Bihar as a powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on richter scale with epicentre in Nepal today sent ripples through large parts of east and north India, including Delhi, less than three weeks after the region was struck by a devastating temblor.

A strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on richter scale epicentred in Nepal today shook several states in North and East India including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, causing panic among people, less than three weeks after the region was hit by a devastating temblor.

There was no immediate report of any casualty from any of the states in India.

The quake measuring 7.3 on richter scale struck at 12:35 PM, some 70 kilometres east of Kathmandu at a depth of 18.5 kilometres, Indian Meteorological Department said, adding three aftershocks of 6.2, 5.4 and 4.8 followed the quake.

Panic-stricken people were seen rushing out of buildings in various areas of Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The tremors lasted for around one minute.

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

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.

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 quake. Authorities said there was no immediate report of any major damage.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed all senior officials to monitor the situation.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also sought reports from all District Magistrates about extent of damage in their areas.

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