5 hospitalised as 3 back-to-back earthquakes strike Nepal; landslide blocks highway

World Tuesday 03/October/2023 18:26 PM
5 hospitalised as 3 back-to-back earthquakes strike Nepal; landslide blocks highway

Kathmandu: A third earthquake of 3.8 magnitude struck Nepal shortly after twin earthquakes jolted the western part of the Himalayan country on Tuesday afternoon.

At least five people have been admitted at the District Hospital Bajhang after the earthquakes and traffic movement on major highways was disrupted following a landslide triggered by the quake blocked a highway, the District Police Office said.

No reports of human casualties were reported but aftershocks has continued to rattle the district. Cracks were seen in buildings at various locations of the district.

Visuals from spot showed several houses collapsed and damaged.

Three earthquakes and two aftershocks with Bajhang district as the epicentre were recorded between 2:30 pm to 4:50 pm (IST).

The third earthquake of magnitude 4.1 on Richter Scale was felt at 3:45 pm with epicentre again in Bajhang district.

The first two earthquakes were of magnitude 5.3 and 6.3 on the Richter Scale, according to Nepal’s National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Centre.

Tremors were also felt in large parts of India. (ANI)

We recorded two aftershocks
Meanwhile, The National Centre for Seismology said they have recorded two aftershocks after two earthquakes of magnitude 6.2 and 4.6 struck Western Nepal, a zone near Uttarakhand, in quick succession on Tuesday afternoon.

The earth-quake monitoring nodal agency further informed that tremors were reported from Delhi, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Sanjay Kumar Prajapati, scientist at National Centre for Seismology told ANI, "The earthquake hit western Nepal, which is a zone near our Uttarakhand region...This was a 6.2 magnitude earthquake at a shallow depth of 5 km. We have recorded two aftershocks...In the Delhi region, the magnitude was 3..."

"We have received responses from people that it was felt in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Lucknow region, and Jaipur region. A few people in the Ahmedabad region are also telling us that they felt it there..." the official said.

The two tremors were felt within less than half an hour time. The first quake occured at 14:25:52 IST, followed by another at 14:51:04 IST.

"Earthquake of Magnitude:4.6, Occurred on 03-10-2023, 14:25:52 IST, Lat: 29.37 & Long: 81.22, Depth: 10 Km, Location: Nepal," the NCS wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The depth of the first quake (4.6 magnitude) was found to be 10 km whereas the second (6.2 magnitude) was found to be 5 km.

"Earthquake of Magnitude:6.2, Occurred on 03-10-2023, 14:51:04 IST, Lat: 29.39 & Long: 81.23, Depth: 5 Km ,Location:Nepal," the posted on X.

No casualties or damages have been reported as of yet.