KATHMANDU – At least 21 people died and more than 300 people were injured by a powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale that hit Nepal Tuesday.
“However, we are collecting more information from across the country and we will be able to ascertain the death toll and injuries in todayâ€™s (Tuesday) earthquake,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police Hemanta Pal.
According to Nepalâ€™s National Seismological Centre, the earthquake measured 7.4 on the Richter scale.
The epicentre of the earthquake was 150 kilometres east of Kathmandu. At least three aftershocks of 5.6, 5.5 and 6.2 magnitude were recorded.
People came out of their houses and hurried to open spaces for safety.
The details of the damage have not yet been reported.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepalâ€™s only international airport, remained closed for two hours but has been reopened.
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on April 25, killing over 8,000 people.
More than 650 aftershocks have been recorded since April 25, until Tuesdayâ€™s powerful earthquake. – BERNAMA