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Massive 7.4 earthquake again wobbles Nepal and North Indian region

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Weeks after a massive earthquake that shattered Nepal into pieces, this landlocked country was again rattled by a powerful tremor with magnitude of 7.4 today at 12:35 pm near Zham, 22 km away from China and Nepal border.

Slight effects of the quake were also observed in India.

Other areas in North and East India including West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam felt the impact of the earthquake as well.

In the national capital, Delhi Metro was brought to a halt as per the standard operating procedure.

The tremors came just weeks after a massive 7.9 earthquake shook Nepal and claimed life of more than 7,000 people.

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Delhi’s Air Quality Still Remains ‘Very Poor’

The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment

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Polluted Delhi
The Supreme Court of India said that hell is better than polluted Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

The air quality of the national capital remains ‘very poor’ for the third consecutive day on Friday and was likely to further deteriorate to the ‘severe’ category in some parts of the city on Saturday.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 388 on Friday, against Thursday’s 334.

The SAFAR model forecast suggests calm surface winds and a decrease in ventilation coefficient for the coming days and the condition was conducive for the pollutant accumulation.

“AQI is forecasted to stay at the border of very poor to the severe category until Saturday,” SAFAR said.

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Green activist Shravan Kumar Singh said the quality air index in Agra early Monday morning was 380. Pixabay

It said the overall Delhi AQI was in the lower end of the very poor category on Wednesday.

The city had witnessed drastic improvement in the air quality last week as the AQI was recorded in double digits at the ‘satisfactory’ category, after being seeing few of the worst air quality days in November.

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The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment. (IANS)