3 killed as 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Nepal; strong tremors felt in Delhi, neighbouring areas


NEW DELHI: At least three people were killed as Nepal hit by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake early on Wednesday. They died after a house collapsed in Doti district, news agency ANI reported quoting officials.
Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and neighbouring areas around 2am.
The depth of the earthquake was 10 km below the ground, as per National Center for Seismology.
The National Center for Seismology put the epicenter of the earth quake at 90 km south east of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, bordering Nepal.

“Earthquake of Magnitude:6.3, Occurred on 09-11-2022, 01:57:24 IST, Lat: 29.24 & Long: 81.06, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: Nepal,” the National Center for Seismology tweeted.
Second quake in 24 hours
Wednesday’s was the second earthquake in Nepal within 24 hours. An earthquake of 4.5 magnitude had hit the country on Tuesday morning as well, the NCS also reported.
As per NCS data, the previous earthquake occurred 155km northeast of Kathmandu at a depth of 100km.
“Earthquake of Magnitude:4.5, Occurred on 08-11-2022, 04:37:27 IST, Lat: 28.57 & Long: 86.58, Depth: 100 Km, Location: 155km NE of Kathmandu, Nepal,” the NCS had tweeted.
Major earthquakes recorded in the country
Earlier on October 19, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 shook Kathmandu. As per NCS, the earthquake occurred 53km east of Kathmandu at around 2.52pm. The depth of the earthquake was 10 km below the ground.
On July 31, an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 took place 147 km ESE of Kathmandu, Nepal at 8.13 am IST around Martim Birta of Khotang district, according to the National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Centre (NEMRC). The depth of the epicentre was monitored at 10km in eastern Nepal, determined to be at 27.14 degrees North latitude and 86.67 degrees east longitude.
Earlier in 2015, a high-intensity earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale struck central Nepal between its capital Kathmandu and city of Pokhara. It is estimated to have killed 8,964 people and injured close to 22,000 people.
The earthquake, known as the Gorkha earthquake, also shook several cities across north India; tremors were also felt in Lahore, Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The recent earthquakes in Nepal have caused unprecedented damage to lives and property and have necessitated the demand for well-framed policy measures to manage such disasters.
Nepal suffered its worst recorded earthquake in 1934. It was measured at 8.0 and destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
It has been established that the Indian plate is getting subducted under the Eurasian plate at 5cm a year. This is responsible for the formation and increasing height of young fold mountains of the Himalayas and also makes the region prone to earthquakes. Disasters like quakes can wreak havoc if preparedness is not ample.
(With inputs from agencies)


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