Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Earthquake - Nepal (Kathmandu) OCT

AN earthquake measuring 5.0 shook parts of central Nepal today, sending panic-stricken residents out of their homes in the capital Kathmandu, officials said.

The epicentre of the tremor was located about 40km north of Kathmandu, a National Seismological Centre official said.

The quake lasted a few seconds and was felt in the hill-ringed capital city, home to more than 1.5 million people.

“I was having my tea when the ground started to shake. I left the cup of tea and rushed out,” said Shanta Nepal, a Kathmandu housewife.

Police said there was no immediate report of damage or injuries.

More than 700 people were killed in an earthquake in east Nepal in 1988. - Source

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