Published On: Tue, May 12th, 2015

Nepal, India struck by another powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude

New Delhi A powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on richter scale epicentred in Nepal shook West Bengal, Delhi and several parts of north India today, less than three weeks after the region was struck by a devastating temblor.

Employees of a highrise building come out after an earthquake in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Employees of a highrise building come out after the earthquake in Kolkata on Tuesday.

“The quake measured 7.3 on richter scale with epicentre somewhere in Nepal,” an IMD official said.

Immediately after the quake at around 12:35 PM, panic- stricken people were seen rushing out of buildings in Delhi.

Metro services were immediately put on restricted mode with speeds being slowed down.

Authorities said in many areas, high-rise buildings are being vacated.

Two people were killed in India after a powerful earthquake rocked neighboring Nepal on Tuesday, government officials said.

Vyasji, the head of the disaster management department of Bihar state, who uses one name, said a man died when a house collapsed in Siwan district, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the state capital Patna.

Bihar shares a border with Nepal which was hit by a 7.3 quake just weeks after a devastating temblor killed more than 8,000 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings.

Another death occurred in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state while two people were injured, according to Debashish Panda, principal home secretary of the state.

At least four people were killed in a central Nepal town on Tuesday after a 7.3 earthquake shook the Himalayan nation, just weeks after a devastating temblor killed more than 8,000 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings.

The four people died in Chautara in Sindhupalchowk district, north of the capital Kathmandu, after several buildings collapsed, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration said.

Separately, a district official there said 12 people had been injured in Sindhupalchowk, which suffered the heaviest death toll in last month’s quake. The new temblor also triggered at least three big landslides in the district.

“The latest earthquake has left us shaken. I am still trembling,” said the official, Diwakar Koirala.

The US Geological Survey said Tuesday’s earthquake was centered 68 km (about 42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet. A magnitude 7.3 quake, it was felt as far apart as New Delhi and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh..

Inputs with Reuters and PTI

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