19 September 2011

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Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale in Sikkim and Nepal 20 killed 100 Injured

Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale in Sikkim and Nepal 20 killed 100 Injured

No tsunami warning was issued. The earthquake, which struck at 6:10 p.m.

Sunday –
A big earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale rocked Sikkim on Sunday evening resulting in at least 20 deaths and 100 injured. Five people died in Nepal.

The epicenter of the quake was Mangan, 64 km from Gangtok in Sikkim and Sakyong areas, over 50 km from Gangtok on Sikkim Nepal border.

The earthquake struck on Sunday at 6:10 PM and tremors were felt in many parts of Bihar including the state capital, Patna, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh also.
Mild tremors were also felt in Delhi and other parts of North India.
Tremors were felt in Lucknow, Kolkata, New Delhi and the National Capital Region

Delhi’s suburb Gurgaon and some other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) experienced very mild tremor.

Three after shocks of 5.7, 5.3 and 4.6 magnitude on the Richter scale were felt in the region within 30 minutes of the first quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially put the largest quake at 6.8 magnitudes, later upgrading it to a 6.9, and the other two at magnitudes 4.8 and 4.6.
All three occurred within an hour and 15 minutes.

Two buildings of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) collapsed in Pegong
In Nepal British Embassy collapsed and smashed a car.

Many Buildings got the cracks.
Earth quake killed 2 army persons also and many army vehicles are missing.
Two to three army vehicles including one bus with army personnel was missing.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has launched search and rescue operations in the Pegong area of north Sikkim which has been "badly affected."

The ITBP rescued 15 foreign tourists and 150 villagers in their operations.
They have been moved to battalion headquarters.
Because of heavy rainfall and landslides it became difficult to provide quick and fast help.

The 9th NDRF battalion based in Bihta, Bihar has been requisitioned for relief work in Sikkim.

Government of India servant Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth told reporters that
Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed to Sikkim and five more teams were being sent from Kolkata.

Indian Air force told the media that Five Indian Air force planes will be helping in rescue operations. While two C-130J Hercules aircraft have been deployed from Hindon to Bagdogra airbase, two AN-32 aircraft along with another Avro aircraft have been sent for the earthquake relief operations in Sikkim,

R. K. Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Disaster Management, in the Home Ministry, said that
Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force five each from Delhi and Kolkata are being sent to assist in the relief and rescue operations.

Mobile connections, electricity, water everything got affected in the earthquake area.

The helpline number for West Bengal is 033-22143230

The Gangtok Police Helpline numbers were +91-3592-202022 and +91-3592-202033.

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