दिल्ली में भूकम्प का आज दूसरा झटका (Source Rediff)

Sambhal News: Massive tremors have been felt in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and other parts of Northern India. The earthquake was of 7.9 magnitude on Richter scale.The epicentre of the earthquake was in Nepal.

According to reports more than 1800 people have died in Kathmandu, following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Over 40 people have died in India - 32 in Bihar, eight in Uttar Pradesh, and three in West Bengal, where 40 children were injured after their school was damaged in Malda town.

According to BBC, the quake measured 7.9 and struck 81km (50 miles) north-west of the capital Kathmandu, the US Geological Survey said. It quickly raised its initial 7.5 estimate of the magnitude.

In Delhi and parts of the National Capital Region, people were seen running out of their houses after buildings shook for well over a minute.

"Earthquake of magnitude 7.5 occurred today at 11.41 AM between latitude 28.1 North and Longitude 84.6 East. The epicentre was located in Nepal," an IMD statement released in the afternoon said. Now, the magnitude of the earthquake has been revised to 7.9 on Richter scale.

"We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

According to PTI, extensive damage has been witnessed in densely populated Kathmandu, with toppled walls and collapsed buildings.

Dozens of people with injuries were being brought to the main hospital in central Kathmandu. There was no immediate estimate on fatalities.

Several buildings collapsed in the centre of the capital, including centuries-old temples, said resident Prachanda Sual.

He said he saw people running through the streets in panic. Ambulance sirens blared and government helicopters hovered overhead.

National radio in Nepal has warned people to stay outdoors because more aftershocks are feared.

Old Kathmandu city is a warren of tightly packed, narrow lanes with poorly constructed homes piled on top of each other.
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