A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Sunday morning.
According to the National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Center (NEMRC), the earthquake occurred around Martim Birta in Khotang district at 8.13 am at 147 km ESE of Kathmandu, Nepal.
The depth of the quake’s epicenter was monitored at 10 km in eastern Nepal, which was determined at 27.14 degree north latitude and 86.67 degree east longitude.
There has been no damage or casualties so far.
The recent earthquakes in Nepal have caused unprecedented damage to life and property, necessitating the need for well-designed policy measures to manage such disasters.
A high-intensity earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck between Kathmandu, the capital of central Nepal and the city of Pokhara, on April 25, 2015. It is estimated that 8,964 people were killed and 22,000 were injured.
The quake, which was known as the Gorkha earthquake, also shook several cities in northern India, and tremors were also felt in Lahore, Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Kathmandu’s international airport was closed after the earthquake.
The earthquake also caused an avalanche on Mount Everest, in which 22 people died. A major aftershock occurred on 12 May 2015, the epicenter of this earthquake was near the Chinese border between Kathmandu and Mount Everest. It was estimated that over 200 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured in this earthquake.
In 1934, Nepal suffered the worst ever recorded earthquake. It was measured at 8.0 and destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
It has been established that the Indian plate is subducting below the Eurasian plate at a rate of 5 cm per year. This is responsible for the formation and rising altitude of the Young Fold Mountains of the Himalayas, but also making the region prone to earthquakes. Disasters like earthquakes can wreak havoc if preparedness is not enough.