Two aftershocks felt in India, Nepal

New Delhi: Two tremors measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale shook parts of India and Nepal late last night and early today but government gave an assurance that there was no cause for panic as these were aftershocks.

Many structures collapsed in the quake, including the nine-story Dharahara Tower, which was built in 1832.
Many structures collapsed in the quake in Nepal, including the nine-story Dharahara Tower, which was built in 1832.

The first quake hit around 2313?hours (IST). It had a magnitude of 5.6, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

The second quake struck at around 0446?hours. It also had a magnitude of 5.6.

There is no report of casualty following these two tremors.

“There should not be any panic as such aftershocks are normal after a major earthquake,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Centre, headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, is meeting around noon today to take stock of the rescue and relief operations.

Top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Secretariat, Ministries of Home, Defence, External Affairs and others will attend the meeting.

Over 50 people were killed and 237 injured in various parts of the country in a powerful quake, with epicentre in Nepal, which destroyed or damaged several houses and buildings.

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, bordering Nepal, were the worst-hit parts of India in the quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale.