6.8 magnitude Earthquake hit the Indo-Nepal border region today @ 18:10 hrs IST

Earthquake measuring 6.8 on Richter scale hit the Indo-Nepal border region, with epicenter located about 64 km from Gangtok, the capital city of the state of Sikkim (India). Its reportedly the biggest of earthquakes in past 20 years in the area.

About 18 people have lost their lives till recent news update from reliable sources. The damages to life and property are still pouring-in from remotest of remote parts of the area. Damages are also reported from neighboring country- Nepal, with the diplomats/ embassy areas in its capital city Kathmandu, also being reported as being hit mildly-to-moderately.

Three aftershocks measuring 5.7, 5.1 and 4.6 on Richter scale hit thereafter jolting people out of their comforts. The region falls in Seismic Zone-VI (Most hazardous/ risk zone) as per Indian Seismic Standard IS:1893.

In such situations, as we mentioned in our earlier post (What should one ideally do when shocks/ tremors of an earthquake are first felt?), there can only be certain precautions one can undertake besides taking certain hints from the nature and animals/ birds/ insects/ etc. And, further yet, lets be prepared to meet contingent disaster situations like these. (Read our earlier post on such precautions clicking here).

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