New Delhi: A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal this afternoon, leaving a trail of destruction reminiscent of the 2015 quake that hit Kathmandu with a 7.8 magnitude jolt.
Several buildings in the Bajhang district, located in western Nepal near Uttarakhand, have sustained significant damage. Homes have crumbled, portions of structures have collapsed, and many more now exhibit dangerous cracks due to the shallow five-kilometer depth of the earthquake. Massive fissures have exposed the structural skeletons of numerous buildings.
This seismic event was preceded by two consecutive earthquakes, measuring 5.3 and 6.3 in magnitude, striking western Nepal earlier in the day. As of now, there have been no reported casualties.
The first quake, registering 5.3 in magnitude, occurred at 2:40 pm, followed by a second, measuring 6.3 in magnitude, at 3:06 pm, both centered in the Bajhang district, according to the Kathmandu Post.
The tremors from these quakes were not confined to Nepal; they were also felt in Delhi and its neighboring regions. People were observed evacuating buildings in the national capital, Gurgaon, and Noida.
Nepal is situated in one of the world’s most active tectonic regions, rendering it highly susceptible to seismic activity. In 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming nearly 9,000 lives and injuring another 22,000. Over 800,000 residences and school structures sustained damage during that catastrophe.