New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Two persons were killed in Bihar as a powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on richter scale with epicentre in Nepal today sent ripples through large parts of east and north India, including Delhi, less than three weeks after the region was struck by a devastating temblor.
The quake measuring 7.3 on richter scale struck at 12:35 PM and was epicentred around 70 kilometres east of Kathmandu at a depth of 18.5 kilometres, Indian Meteorological Department said, adding three aftershocks of 6.2, 5.4 and 4.8 followed the quake.
The Home Ministry said there was also a near simultaneous earthquake epicentred in Afghanistan which measured 6.9 on richter scale.
According to officials, one person died in Danapur area of Patna district and another person in Siwan district in wall collapse incidents in Bihar, where 58 people were killed in the April 25 quake measuring 7.9 on richter scale.
With the memories of the temblor still fresh, panic-stricken people rushed out of buildings in Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Schools were vacated after the tremors in many parts of the country. At least 12 students were injured in a school in Darbhanga in Bihar as children rushed out to safety from class rooms after the tremors.
In Kolkata, hundreds of people ran out of their homes and offices into the streets. Similar reports came from Assam and other eastern states. The tremors were also felt in Bhopal and as far as Chennai.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation and directed all authorities concerned to be on alert for rescue and relief operations as required.
“PM took stock of the situation following the fresh major earthquake felt in Nepal and parts of India, at a high-level meeting,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The April 25 earthquake which measured 7.9 on richter scale had claimed over 8,000 lives in Nepal. Nearly 80 people were also killed in India, mostly in Bihar, due to the temblor.
The Delhi Secretariat as well as many government buildings in the national capital were evacuated immediately after the quake. Metro services were immediately restricted.
Authorities said in many areas, high-rise buildings were vacated.
Director General of IMD LS Rathore said aftershocks will continue for weeks or maybe months.