Strong tremors jolt Nepal

May 17, 2015, 06:55 IST | Agencies

Thousands come out on the streets fearing house collapse and damage

Kathmandu: Another strong aftershock of 5.7 magnitude with its epicentre near Kathmandu was felt on Saturday evening.

Following the aftershock, thousands of people came out in the streets fearing house collapses and damage.

This has created more panic among the people, who are again living in open spaces.

The National Seismological Centre said that several aftershocks were recorded on Saturday morning beginning with a 4-magnitude tremor at 2.15 am that jolted Gorkha.

At 4.28 am, a quake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale occurred in Dolakha

A quake of the same magnitude with its epicentre in Dolakha district was recorded at 4.38 am. A tremor measuring 4 on the Richter scale was recorded at 6.11 am in Nuwakot. A 4-magnitude quake was recorded at 6.31 am with its epicentre in the border area of Dhading and Gorkha districts.

Two more aftershocks of 4.2 magnitude with epicentres at Lalitpur and Makanpur were recorded at 9.24 am. Seismologists have urged the people not to worry about the minor aftershocks.

The aftershock on Saturday evening triggered several landslides in Dolakha district which was hit hard by a second big quake on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Nepal’s Department of Mines and Geology on Saturday unveiled a Nepal Earthquake Updates app to disseminate real time information about earthquakes. Details of quakes measuring over 4 on the Richter scale will be disseminated immediately, Lok Bijaya Adhikari of the department said.

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