An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 on Richter scale has hit Nepal’s capital Kathmandu at the wee hours today. The earthquake struck at 5:04 AM IST at a depth of 10 km from the surface, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
The epicentre of the earthquake was 60 km NE of the capital Kathmandu in the Sindhupalchok district. No damages have been reported yet from the epicentre of the earthquake.
However, the area of the earthquake’s epicentre had recently suffered from a series of devastating landslides which were caused by heavy monsoon rains and killed several people. The new quake and aftershocks of it could further destabilize slopes, which could, in turn, lead to more landslides in the near future, authorities warn.
The estimated population of the quake-hit area is 4.5 million, according to the primary data source.
In 2015, Nepal experienced one of the most devastating earthquakes in its history when a quake of 7.9 magnitude hit the Himalayan nation. Nearly 10,000 people lost their lives and thousands were injured. The area of Sindhupalchok, one of the epicentres of the earthquake, suffered the most damage.