North Gazette News/ Kathmandu
An earthquake of magnitude of 7.5 on Richter scale on Saturday morning rocked the region some 80 km east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday.
A MET official said that the earthquake lasted for over a minute had an epicentre 31 km deep in earth, termors of which were also felt in Indian states of Bihar, Punjab, West Bengal and Delhi.
As per reports, strong tremors were felt at around 11.56 am on Saturday morning and the earthquake measuring 7.5 (US scientists pegged the frequency of earthquake at 7.9 on Richter Scale) last for about one minute.
Authorities say that the epicentre of earthquake was at Lamjung that is located at about 80 kms from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu
where massive damage have been reported.
Media reports show rescue officials carrying injured to the hospital and heavy casualties are being feared in Lamjung and its surrounding areas.
Authorities have reported major damage to property in several areas of Nepal including capital Kathmandu, Pokhra and Gorkha districts with reports of three casualties in the incident.
Official claimed that such earthquake in the region was reported in 1934 and in today’s earthquake UNESCO World Heritage site in Kathmandu’s Darbar Square, Dharhara tower have been completely damaged.
The earthquake was also felt in Bihar and West Bengal where some areas bordering Nepal have been badly affected and casualties have been reported in some areas of Bihar, bordering Nepal.