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Aftershock jolts Nepal 9 months after Gorkha earthquake

A Mild Tremor Measuring 4.4 On The Richter Scale Jolted Eastern Nepal Around Midnight, In An Aftershock Of The Gorkha Quake That Devastated The Country Nearly Nine Months Ago.

PTI | Updated on: 10 Jan 2016, 11:43:30 AM


A mild tremor measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale jolted eastern Nepal around midnight, in an aftershock of the Gorkha quake that devastated the country nearly nine months ago.

According to the National Seismological Centre, the earthquake was recorded at around 11:28 pm with its epicentre in Ramechhap district, 200 km east of Kathmandu. The location lies around 15 kilometres northwest of the district headquarters, Manthali.

The tremor, listed as an aftershock of the April 25 temblor, was felt nearly nine months after the devastating quake that had its epicentre at Barpak of Gorkha district, 200 km west of Kathmandu.

With this, as many as 424 significant aftershocks (of local magnitude 4.0 or above) have followed the devastating earthquake, NSC records show. Around 9,000 people were killed in the earthquake and its powerful May 12 aftershock in Nepal.

Meanwhile, people of Barpak, the epicentre of the April’s earthquake, are facing hardships as there was heavy snowfall in the area recently.

Relief materials could not be sent to the remote area due to shortage of fuel and the people are facing difficulties.

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First Published : 10 Jan 2016, 11:41:00 AM