Fresh tremor felt along Nepal border in Bengal

Apr 27, 2015, 20:40 IST | Agencies

A fresh tremor measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was reported a little after 6 p.m. along the border with Nepal in West Bengal on Monday

Jalpaiguri (WB): A fresh tremblor measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale was felt in Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and some other districts across West Bengal this evening.

The fresh earthquake struck at 6.06 pm and its epicentre was located at latitude 26.7 degree north, longitude 88.1 degree east on the Nepal-India border area, according to Gopinath Saha, the head of the Meteorological Department of Sikkim.

The fresh tremor also hit North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Murshidabad districts.

Three persons were killed and 69 others were injured in Saturday's 7.9 magnitude temblor which hit many districts of West Bengal.

Yesterday also tremors were felt twice in Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and in different parts of state at noon and at night, triggering panic among people who ran out of homes and gathered on the streets.

With the jolt at 6.06 p.m., the count of aftershocks climbed to 56 in Nepal and the border areas with India and China.

Saturday's earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, and its aftershocks in Nepal have left over 3,700 people dead and over 6,300 injured.

The toll in India, where over 70 people died in the quake till early Monday, continues to rise as parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have been affected by the temblor.

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