The landlocked country of Nepal woke to a strong earthquake at 5:19 am local time today.
According to various agencies, the quake had a magnitude between 4.9 and 6.0 and struck approximately 60km north east of capital Kathmandu in the Sindhupalchok district, near the border with China’s Tibet region..
The quake was widely felt within nearby areas and the capital where thousands felt a short shake, although many people left their houses in fear of stronger quakes.
Local newspaper reported that one house in the epicenter area collapsed and one person was injured.
The area of the earthquake’s epicenter 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.
Five years ago, on 25 April 2015 a deadly magnitude 7.8 earthquake had hit 100 km to the west of today’s tremor, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring nearly 22,000.