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By NewGram Staff Writer

An earthquake with an intensity of 7.9 on ritcher scale with epicenter 77 kilometer north-west of Kathmandu has killed more than 1800 people and triggered a deadly avalanche.

The impact of the earthquake was also felt in almost all northern States in India particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal.

As per the latest information, 34 deaths have been confirmed in India so far with 23 deaths in Bihar, 8 in Uttar Pradesh and 3 in West Bengal. In order to deal with the situation in the affected States, 5 teams of National Disaster Response Force( NDRF) have already been sent; one team to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and one each to Darbhanga, Supaul, Motihari and Gopalganj in Bihar.

An avalanche caused by the quake also struck Mt Everest, killing 18 people. According to sources, there were about 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners at the base camp or on Everest when the disaster struck.

Here is some important information related to the earthquake:

-The magnitude of the quake was 7.9 at a depth of 10 Km with its epicentral region located in Nepal about 80 Km North West of Kathmandu. Its latitude and longitude were 28.1 N and 84.6 E respectively. A broad graphical representation of the earthquake showing the magnitude in varying colours as on the right of the graphic is as below:

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– A report by the Seismic Division of the Indian Meteorological Department said major damage was expected in and around the epicentral region.

– The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) in the Cabinet Secretariat met and reviewed the situation through video-conferencing with the Chief Secretaries of affected States. The NCMC will be meeting regularly to take stock of the situation and the relief measures.

-The Central Government is in constant touch with the States and monitoring the situation very closely. The States will be provided with all possible help from the Central Government.

-Control Rooms  have been set up both in MHA and NDMA with following numbers:-011- 2309 3564, 23093566 (MHA Control Room ), 011-26701728, 26701729, 9868881801(M) – (NDMA Control Room) Meanwhile , an inter Governmental coordination cell has been set up in Cabinet Secretariat which will coordinate all relief measures for Nepal as well as for Indian States. This will function on round-the-clock basis and the phone numbers are :- 011- 2301 6633, 2379 2281.

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Japanese Climber Dies on his Eighth Attempt to Climb Mt. Everest

A Japanese climber, who lost nearly all his fingers in an attempt to climb Mount Everest earlier, has died on his eighth attempt to summit the mountain.

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A Japanese climber, who lost nearly all his fingers in an attempt to climb Mount Everest earlier, has died on his eighth attempt to summit the mountain.

Nobukazu Kuriki, in his mid-thirties, fell ill and was descending on Monday when his team lost contact with him, his team said in a Facebook post.

Mount Everest,1975 climbing route on Southwest Face. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Kuriki is the second climber to die on Everest in recent days, after a Macedonian national died at a higher altitude on Sunday.

“Kuriki stopped responding to radio communication and we couldn’t see his headlamp when we looked up from the bottom in the dark. The team near Camp two climbed up his route to search for him and discovered Kuriki who passed away due to low body temperature,” the Facebook post said. He had reached 7,400 metres.

Kuriki suffered serious damage from frostbite during his 2012 attempt on Mount Everest’s West Ridge, losing all his fingers and a thumb. He could use his right thumb for grip but wasn’t able to fully use an ice axe — a critical part of a mountaineer’s safety equipment.

The company which organised Kuriki’s expedition said arrangements were being made for his body to be returned to Kathmandu, the BBC reported.

He had been documenting his journey with video updates on Facebook. His message on Sunday read: “I feel the pain and difficulty of this mountain.”

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Nearly 350 climbers have been given permits to climb the 8,848 metre Everest this year, assisted by more than 500 Nepali guides and porters. (IANS)