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Earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Nepal

Apr 25, 2015 14:06 IST

A high-intensity earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. The epicenter of the quake was 80km east of Pokhra near Kathmandu, Nepal at a shallow depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).

The powerful quake that rocked Nepal killed at least 2500 people and several were injured. It also led to collapse of houses and centuries-old temples. The landmark Dharahara tower built in the 19th century in Kathmandu was reduced to rubble.

The quake also led to avalanche on Mount Everest.

The tremors of the quake, which is the worst in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years, were felt in northern India (67 died), Pakistan and Bangladesh. In India, the tremors were felt in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana, Assam, and Punjab.

Nepal suffered its worst earthquake of magnitude 8.0 in 1934. The quake destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.


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