Kathmandu/New Delhi: A strong earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal at 11.41 a.m. India time, with tremors felt from Delhi to Guwahati and Srinagar to Jaipur. Even half an hour later, the aftershocks continued.
[There was panic in Nepal which bore the brunt of the massive temblor. (Photo Courtesy: Jonathan Khoo/Twitter @jonk)]
According to the India Meteorological Department, the depth of earthquake was 10 km and measured 6 on the Richter scale in India. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was at Lamjung in Nepal - a district some 75 km northwest of capital Kathmandu.
"Epicenter was 83 kilometres North West of Kathmandu, Nepal, measured 7.4 on Richter scale," said European Mediterranean Seismological Center.
There was panic in Nepal which bore the brunt of the massive temblor. Besides capital Kathmandu and Besisahar in Lamjung, the cities which were affected include Bharatpur, Pokhara and Kirtipur.
The tremors were felt in most cities, including Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow and Jaipur. Reports from across north India said people scurried out of their homes and offices even as buildings shook due to the quake and the strong aftershocks.
The tremors were so strong that people feared for their lives. Some of them began to pray and tried to get as far away as possible from the buildings. Most ran to open grounds. Many of the high-rises saw people evacuate in large numbers.
"I suddenly found my chair shaking. I live on the fourth floor in an apartment. I just rushed out of my building...shouting and requesting people not to use the lift," said Ravindra Kumar, a resident at Sirsi road in Jaipur.
Vinod Taksal, a resident of Patpatganj in east Delhi, said that he and his family were shaken. He says the tremors continued for a while but now the situation is normal in the city.
Television reports said massive tremors that lasted between 30 seconds and nearly a couple of minutes were felt throughout North India after a huge 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Nepal.
In Delhi and parts of the National Capital Region, people were seen running out of their houses after buildings shook for well over a minute.
Tremors were also felt in Pakistan's Lahore.
Mohammad Shahab, a resident from Lahore, Pakistan, says he was sitting in his office when the earthquake rocked the city.