Fresh tremors were felt in Nepal and India on Saturday evening around 5.05pm. The tremor, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, was felt across three areas – Bihar, north Bengal and Sikkim.
As per the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) report, the quake epicentre was Dolkha in Nepal which is 88 km east of Kathmandu.
The Indian Meterological Department in-charge in Sikkim, Gopinath Raha, said the tremor lasted for 10.5 seconds. He also said that the quake originated at a depth of 10 km.
The quake sparked panic among people. In Patna, large number of people including women and children came out on roads and rushed towards open spaces as soon as they felt their buildings were trembling. Hundreds of people were seen rushing out of multi-storeyed buildings in busy main business areas like Fraser Road, Dak Bungalow Road, SP Verma Road and Exhibition Road. Similarly, people in residential areas like Boring Road Patliputra Colony, Buddha Colony, Anisabad and Gardanibag area rushed towards open spaces to save their lives.
However, there were no reports of any damage or casualty from anywhere in the region