Summary of today’s earthquake and second quake in Nepal according to the Indian Meteorological Department
Local time (Nepal time)
11:56 AM – 7.5
12:30 PM – 6.6
(11:41 AM in India – the main quake – according to India time that is 15 minutes behind Nepal)
The USGS maintains it at 7.5. Same is the assessment by the IMD. Though some reports talk of the revised estimates of 7.9 at the Richter Scale.
Indian Prime Minister has spoken about it and tweeted about it. Pictures of destruction are now pouring in.
According to the reports, the quake-affected areas are basically human habitations – including Kathmandu (the pictures of the place are now available).
We can assess the extent of damage in Nepal as it has left a trail even in India affecting Metro Rail services in Kolkata where cracks have appeared in the tunnel.
The shocks and aftershocks were felt in many parts of North and North-eastern India including Delhi.
According to the US Geological Survey, the districts around the epicentre are – Lamjung (at 35km), Bharatpur (60Km), Pokhara (75Km), Kirtipur (76Km) and Kathmandu (at 77Km).
Any earthquake above 6 in an area of human habitation brings an unending series of destruction which dawns upon us as the time passes – some hours after the shocks.
Narendra Modi has called in a meeting at 3 PM to assess the extent of destruction in India and has spoken with his Nepali counterpart who is on a foreign tour at the moment.
While Nepal is at the centre and staring at a widespread damage, India, too, is trying to assess the trail of destruction after an earthquake that was felt even in Pakistan.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/