Earthquake jolts Kathmandu

17 Jun 2015 / 13:52 H.

    KATHMANDU: An earthquake shook Kathmandu and its adjacent districts early Wednesday. People came out to the streets and open spaces screaming as the tremor jolted Kathmandu soon after dawn.
    Some people were seen coming out of their homes in nightgowns. According to the National Seismological Centre (NSC), the earthquake measured 4.4 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre in Kathmandu.
    The NSC said it was an aftershock of the massive April 25 earthquake. No fresh damage of Wednesday's earthquake has, so far, been reported.
    Home Ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said: "We have so far not received any report of fresh damage".
    An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on April 25, killing almost 9,000 people and damaging property worth billions of US dollars (ringgit).
    More than 353 tremors with over-4 magnitude have jolted Nepal since the April 25 earthquake, according to the NSC. On Tuesday, two minor tremors were felt in Kathmandu.
    "The aftershocks are normal after a big earthquake and aftershocks will continue for some time more," said Bijya Adhikari of the NSC.
    He said the chance of another big earthquake in Nepal in the near future was small and advised people not to be too paranoid.
    He, however, said that nothing could be predicted with certainty, and added that everyone was required to be well prepared.
    Nepal was in a seismic zone and earthquakes could hit at any time, and should be taken as a natural phenomenon, he said. – Bernama

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