Two dead as earthquake hits Nepal, tremors felt in Pakistan, India

NEPAL: At least two people were killed on Saturday when an earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal and parts of northern India, authorities in both countries said. 
A 15-year-old girl was killed in northern India after the
earthquake brought down the wall of her home in a village near
the border with Nepal. Another girl was killed by a falling statue in a town outside Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, according to Nepal’s state
radio.

Further, tremors were also felt in parts of Pakistan and India.

A Reuters reporter in Kathmandu said he had seen some buildings collapse and walls of several houses reduced to rubble.

“Everyone is out in the streets, people are rushing to the hospital,” the reporter said.

People take refuge at a school following the earthquake. PHOTO: AFP

Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi and other northern cities in India as well as in Pakistan, theguardian reported.

Mohammad Shahab, a resident from Lahore, Pakistan, said he was sitting in his office when the earthquake rocked the city near the border with India.

“Massive tremors have been felt here in Delhi and several other parts of India,” said a newsreader on NDTV in Delhi.

“You can see pictures of our Delhi studios, where the windows rattled and everything shook for a very long time, for a minute perhaps or longer,” she said as footage showed studio ceiling camera lights shaking.

People take refuge at a school following the earthquake. PHOTO: AFP

A police officer in the control room of neighbouring Indian state of Bihar said the phone lines were jammed with callers from across the heavily populated state. “We don’t know about the casualties, we are flooded with calls.”

People take refuge at a school following the earthquake. PHOTO: AFP

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 7.7 magnitude and struck only 31 kilometres deep.

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