The earthquake measuring 7.5 magnitude on Richter scale that jolted Nepal and northern part of India caused major devastation in the old area Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan nation.
According to information available, there was widespread devastation in Hanmandhoka area in the old area of Kathmandu. Several casualties were feared as buildings collapsed. Authorities said they were still trying to assess the situation.
The earthquake of 7.5 on Richter scale struck various cities of India, including Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Guwahati at 11.41 a.m. The epicentre of the earthqauke was in Lamjung, Nepal.
Images that were tweeted showed the extent of damage caused to the buildings. There was rubble where the buildings once stood. In at least one case, there was a long and wide crack on a metalled road.
Initial reports indicated that telephone connectivity was snapped in and around Lamjung, which was the epicentre of the quake that measured 7.5 on the Richter scale.
Monitoring situation after earthquake: Mamata
People rushed out of homes as tremors were felt in Kolkata and other districts in West Bengal on Saturday. The tremors were also felt in Howarh and Hooghly districts. Schools and offices were vacated after the tremors were felt at 11.41 a.m. which lasted for over a minute.
An aftershock was also felt at 12.19 p.m. Reports received from Siliguri said that tremors were also felt in northern West Bengal.
After Kolkata was hit badly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she was monitoring the situation. “We are monitoring the situation closely in Bengal especially in Darjeeling and Siliguri. Spoke to senior disaster management team and others,” Mamata tweeted.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
Indian PM Modi said he was working to reach out to those affected in the earthquake that was felt across India and Nepal. “We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal,” Modi tweeted.
“News has come in about an earthquake in Nepal. Several parts of India also experienced tremors.” he said.
Earthquake jolts Rajasthan Too
An earthquake jolted desert state of Rajasthan on Saturday morning and tremors were felt from Jaipur to border district Barmer. However, there were no reports of any loss of life or property in the state.
“I suddenly found my chair shaking. I live on 4th floor in an apartment on Sirsi road in Jaipur. I just rushed out of my building, shouting and requesting people not to use the lift,” said Ravindra Kumar.
Another resident Manmohan of Raja Park area of the city said: “I was watching TV when suddenly everything started to shake. Initially I was confused then I realised that it was an earthquake and I came out of my building.”
The earthquake was felt most by those living in high rise buildings as a majority of them were seen standing outside, worried and concerned. “I think it must have lasted for a minute,” said Ashok S Dharma, a resident of walled city area in Jaipur.[ALSO SEE: IN DEPTH: Why Earthquakes Hit Himalayan Region?]