42 killed, over 1000 injured in Nepal earthquake; toll in India rises to 17

Delhi and NCR witnessed fresh tremors today after a 7.4 earthquake rattled the Nepal border.

By: Express Web Desk | Kathmandu | Updated: May 12, 2015 9:15 pm
Nepal earthquake, earthquake in Nepal, live earthquake updates, Kathmandu earthquake, Delhi earthquake, live earthquake updates, Delhi NCR earthquake, earthquake in Delhi, earthquake today, earthquake in Delhi today A rescue worker stands beside buildings that collapsed in an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday. (Source: AP photo)

Already devastated, Nepal on Tuesday suffered another powerful earthquake of 7.3-magnitude that killed at least 42 people and injured over 1,000 in less than three weeks of a temblor that had claimed over 8,000 lives.

Nepal’s Home Ministry while putting the death toll at 42 said another 1,117 people had been injured in the latest quake that hit hardest in remote mountain districts northeast of the country’s capital Kathmandu.

The earthquake struck at 12:35 PM, some 83 kilometres east of Kathmandu near Mount Everest at a shallow depth of 15 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The agency had earlier measured the quake at 7.4 on the Richter Scale but later revised the intensity to 7.3.

The quake hit Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts – the worst-affected areas in the last month’s temblor.

The fresh quake triggered massive panic among the people, who have been staying in the open since the 7.9-magnitude temblor struck on April 25, killing over 8,000 people and flattening thousands of buildings besides destroying whole villages.

Delhi-NCR along with the whole of north India witnessed fresh tremors lasting up almost more than a minute. People were seen rushing out of offices and residential complexes. Delhi Metro services were briefly disrupted.

[Read: This one was big but the big one is yet to come]

The tremors come just weeks after a massive 7.9 earthquake rattled the Himalayan kingdom and its capital Kathmandu killing more than 8,000 people and flattening several centuries-old heritage structures.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted saying that his ministry is in the process of collecting more details and information. He added that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been kept on alert.

LIVE UPDATES

7:22 pm: Death toll rises to 42 in Nepal

6:09 pm:

6:09 pm:

5:40 pm: Death toll in Bihar rises to 6, 21 injured

4:56 pm: Nepal’s Home Ministry says at least 36 people killed and 981 injured in latest earthquake.

3:05 pm: Four people have been confirmed killed in Bihar after the latest earthquake triggered tremors in India. The casualties have been reported in Patna, Darbhanga, Samastipur and Siwan.

2: 53 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a high-level meeting with officials to take stock of the situation. He has directed all authorities to carry out relief and rescue operations as and when required.

2: 52 pm: Two people have been killed after a wall collapsed in Bihar following the earthquake, PTI reports.

2:43 pm: This picture tweeted by Dambar Kr Shreshta, a Nepali journalist, shows a four-storey building having collapsed to rubble.

Nepal earthquake, earthquake in Nepal, live earthquake updates, Kathmandu earthquake, Delhi earthquake, live earthquake updates, Delhi NCR earthquake, earthquake in Delhi, earthquake today, earthquake in Delhi today Earthquake in Nepal: This picture tweeted by @Dambarks shows a four-storey building reduced to rubble.

2:38 pm: Here’s a map showing the epicentre of the quake. The spot is close to the Mt Everest base camp.

Nepal earthquake, earthquake in Nepal, live earthquake updates, Kathmandu earthquake, Delhi earthquake, live earthquake updates, Delhi NCR earthquake, earthquake in Delhi, earthquake today, earthquake in Delhi today Earthquake in Nepal today: A map showing the epicentre of the 7.4 magnitude.

2: 31 pm: Flightradar24 reports that a Jet Airways flight destined for Kathmandu has been diverted to Lucknow because of closure of airport there.

2: 19 pm: Meanwhile, the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has asked people in the national capital to maintain calm post the tremors.

2: 12 pm: Officials in Kathmandu are saying that the extent of the damage of the newest earthquake is yet to be assessed. The strong aftershocks have rattled the residents who were hit by an earlier massive 7.9 quake on April 25.

2:07 pm: The Nepal Police advises citizens to stay in open field and not use cell-phones which could lead to jamming of networks.

1: 58 pm: People evacuated high-rise buildings in Vadodara, Gujarat after quake panic.

Nepal earthquake, earthquake in Nepal, live earthquake updates, Kathmandu earthquake, Delhi earthquake, live earthquake updates, Delhi NCR earthquake, earthquake in Delhi, earthquake today, earthquake in Delhi today Earthquake in India: People in Vadodara, Gujarat evacuated high-rise buildings after quake panic (Express photo by Bhupendra Rana)

1: 54 pm: The Associated Press quotes an international agency saying that 4 people have been killed in the Nepali town of Chautara.

1: 49 pm: The epicentre of the earthquake is close to the Mount Everest base camp.

1:30 pm: Watch video of scenes inside the Indian Express office during the earthquake here

(With inputs from Yubaraj Ghimire)

Here’s what people on Twitter are saying about the recent tremors to have rocked north India.

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    Sunidhi
    May 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm
    I didn't felt anything
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      Raj Dhulia
      May 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm
      Felt it in my office in NOIDA. The office was vacated immediately.
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        ankush dhiman
        May 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm
        we are feel 5.2 in chandigarh
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          Amit
          May 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm
          in Nepal 7.2 magnitude I too felt it in G,noida
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            praks
            May 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm
            we are from sec 125 Noida, we vacated immediately when i felt my chair shaking
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              G K
              May 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm
              It looks very dangerous... Delhi & nearby area's people must be kept alert and proper guidance must be provided thru efferent medias..... Thanx - G K Kaushik - CAREER CALCULATIONS
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                imtyaz Ahmad
                May 12, 2015 at 4:06 pm
                It is very shock when i fell. Allah help those people who lost their lives..
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                  Raj Singh
                  May 12, 2015 at 7:52 pm
                  There is a need of m awareness program for emergency evacuation planning, its drill on regular basis, requirement of earthquake proof design of buildings specially of public buildings like offices schools, hospitals etc. W northern India is in Zone V and we have to live with this natural phenomena wisely so that no damage is done. In fact if we want our future to be well protected. Protection of children is the foremost need. Let everyone of us check, whether school buildings in northern India are safe for our children under earthquake scenario. Chances are they are not. This should be addressed on war footing basis.
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