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Nepal hit by 7.9 massive earthquake; iconic Bhimsen Tower no more

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Image: Nishant Beria
Image: Nishant Beria
Image: Nishant Beria

By NewsGram Staff Writer

Updated data by US Geological Survey have raised the magnitude of the morning earthquake in Nepal to 7.9. The massive earthquake has toppled houses’ walls and destroyed ancient temples.

The epicenter of the quake was in Pokhra. According to Indian Metriological Department, the epicenter was at Lat. 28.1°N , Long. 84.8°E, although its aftershocks were felt in Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad.

Pictures showing severed buildings have started appearing from Nepal. Dharahara Tower, also known as Bhimsen Tower, in Kathmandu, a nine story structure has also collapsed.

As of now, no estimate on the number of deaths has come out; however, a news agency has reported that about 100 people have died due to the quake.

Image: Prabhas Sharma
Image: Prabhas Sharma

Nepal’s Information Minister Minendra Rija said, “We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now.”

Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has convened a high level meeting with ministers and top officials at 3 PM. He is also trying to contact Nepal PM, Shri Sushil Koirala, who is not in the country right now.

Expressing concern over the issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal.’

Mountaineer Daniel Mazur has also tweeted, “A massive earthquake just hit Everest. Basecamp has been severely damaged. Our team is caught in camp 1. Please pray for everyone.”

It is said to be the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years.  In 1934, Kathmandu was devastated by an enormous earthquake.

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Earthquake Measuring 6.1 Hits Indonesia

Indonesia is prone to quakes as it sits on a vulnerable impact zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire

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Boats lifted by an earthquake-triggered tsunami sit on a dock, in Coquimbo, Chile, Sept. 18, 2015. A magnitude 6.7 quake struck the city Jan. 19, 2018, but no tsunami was generated. VOA

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, but no tsunami alert was issued.

The quake struck at 4.54 a.m., with the epicentre at 148 km northeast of Alor and the depth at 573 km under the sea bed, said an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency.

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Earthquake epicenter.

“This quake did not have a potential of tsunami, so that we did not issue an alert,” the official told Xinhua news agency.

There were also no reports of damages or casualties.

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Indonesia is prone to quakes as it sits on a vulnerable impact zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire. (IANS)