Massive 7.9 earthquake rocks Nepal, tremors felt in India

Hundreds feared killed in Nepal

Newsroom24x7 Desk

nepal-earthquakeKathmandu/New Delhi/Bhopal: A massive 7.9 earthquake followed by another hit Nepal on Saturday killing hundreds. People in Delhi-NCR, Bhopal, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Gohati and many other places in North-east India also reported strong tremors and after-shocks between 11.40 am and 12.30 pm.

The imposing and historic Dharahara Tower and a few buildings in Kathmandu have collapsed.

In Bhopal, capital of central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was holding a meeting with senior officials in his fifth floor chamber rushed out of Mantralaya (secretariat) as a siren was sounded and the building was vacated as a precaution when tremors were felt. Around 12 noon a Bhopal resident went on his social networking platform sharing with friends that he just felt that his world was rocking..or was it an earthquake. Another friend responded by saying Yes, it was earthquake. It was felt in many parts of the city. Raj Patidar, a well known photographer in Bhopal said mild tremor was felt at Misrod near Bhopal. Reports also said that a couple of walls collapsed in different parts of Bhopal this afternoon

JL Gautam, head of operations (seismology) of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) confirmed tremors were felt in North and North-East India.The epicentre of the earthquake on Saturday was about 80 kms East of Pokhra in Nepal and was measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.