Two earthquakes have rocked Nepal and Bangladesh causing panic and damage in both countries.
The earthquakes with epicentres in Bajhang district jolted western Nepal. According to the National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Centre, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale was recorded at 2:40pm and another 6.3 magnitude quake at 3:06pm. The jolts were also felt in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
The twin quakes caused cracks in some buildings and roads, as well as landslides in the hilly areas. No casualties have been reported so far, but authorities are assessing the situation and providing relief to the affected people.
The quake caused panic among the people who rushed out of their homes and offices. Some buildings and vehicles were damaged by the tremor, but no major injuries or deaths have been reported. The authorities urged the public to remain calm and follow safety guidelines.
The recent earthquakes have raised concerns about the seismic vulnerability of the region, which lies on the collision zone of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. Experts have warned that more seismic activity is possible in the coming days and weeks, as the plates continue to move and release stress.
The people living in the affected areas have been advised to stay alert and prepared for any aftershocks or potential larger quakes. They have also been asked to follow the instructions of the local authorities and avoid spreading rumours or misinformation.