5.5 earthquake occurred in Nepal

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Nepal was struck on Monday by an earthquake measuring 5.5 on Richter Scale, according to National Centre for Seismology. The earthquake hit the region at 5:05 am in the morning.  The epicenter of earthquake is the border of Ramechhap and Solukhumbu districts, 131 km from Kathmandu.

The reason for the earthquake is due to Nepal’s Mediterranean-Himalayan seismic belt. On April 25, 2015, earthquakes were also taking place in Nepal

There are no reports of damage or loss of life yet.

In Kathmandu, residents fled their houses after they were awoken by the pre-dawn earthquake. People ran out of their houses into the streets, but there were no disruptions in power or telephone services.

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On April 25, 2015, the country was hit by a major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale. This natural calamity had resulted in the death of 9000 people and injured 22,000 others. A major aftershock also hit on May 12, 2015 measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale.

This is a developing story. More details are awaited.

 

How to deal with the earthquake

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1、During an Earthquake
*If you’re indoors, stay there. Get under — and hold onto –a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator.

*If you’re outside, get into the open. Stay clear of buildings, power lines or anything else that could fall on you.

*If you’re in a mountainous area, beware of the potential for landslides. Likewise, if you’re near the ocean, be aware that tsunamis are associated with large earthquakes. Get to high ground.

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2、After an Earthquake

*If the phone is working, only use it in case of emergency. Likewise, avoid driving if possible to keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.

*Be aware that items may fall out of cupboards or closets when the door is opened, and also that chimneys can be weakened and fall with a touch. Check for cracks and damage to the roof and foundation of your home.
*Listen to the radio for important information and instructions. Remember that aftershocks, sometimes large enough to cause damage in their own right, generally follow large quakes.

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