Strong Earthquake Hits Nepal

World | April 25, 2015, Saturday // 11:09
Bulgaria: Strong Earthquake Hits Nepal Photo by EPA/BGNES

A powerful earthquake struck near Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Saturday.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.9 on the Richter scale, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) informed about a 7.8-magnitude jolt.

Locals reported extensive damage and dozens of injured people.

There has been no immediate information about casualties but The Telegraph says there have been fatalities in both Nepal and India.

According to the EMSC, the first earthquake was followed by aftershocks measuring 7.1, 5.8, 5.5, and 5.3 on the Richter scale.

Following EMSC data, the first earthquake struck at 11:56 local time and the epicenter was located 89 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu.

The first jolt had a depth of 10 kilometers.

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