Last Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012

M 5.6 Powerful earthquake shakes Rukum, Nepal

Disaster Report: Following Nepal Seismological Center earthquakes of magnitude 5.6 and 4.7 occurred in southern part of Rukum at 10:15 PM and 10:27 PM respectively in 2069/5/7 .
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Original Post: Natural Disasters List August 23, 2012
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Earthquakes of Magnitude 5.6 and 4.7 occurred in southern part of Rukum at 10:15 PM and 10:27 PM respectively in 2069/5/7
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Update 07:00 AM
Tremors were well felt in Dhaulagiri, Baglung, Parbat, Mustang and Myagdi districts of Nepal. However no damage report obtained till now. Magnitude 5.6 is confirmed by NSC.
There is a seismic station under NSC in Lukagaun, Pyuthan. Pyuthan lies 49 km far from the epicenter.

Update 12:15 AM
This is what Nepal Seismological Center mentions:

"Earthquakes of Magnitude 5.6 and 4.7 occurred in southern part of Rukum at 10:15 PM and 10:27 PM respectively in 2069/5/7"
 Magnitude 5.6 is the strongest quake to hit Nepal after 2011 September quake that hit Nepal-India border region. If the magnitude is correct, then major damage is confirmed around epicenter area. However, just one quake is mentioned by International seismological centers.


Three earthquakes of magnitude 5.0, 4.8 and 4.2 occurred in the same region of Rukum a week before. Click for recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Earthquake Analysis
Pyuthan and Tulsipur lies within 50 km radius from epicenter where effect will have been comparatively more. However detail report will come from epicenter area by tomorrow morning only. Similar magnitude earthquake on June 9, 2012 in Pokhara caused minor damage.
Earthquakes trend in 2012
If we look the data from our page recent earthquake in Nepal, earthquakes are common either in eastern or western region (no moderate earthquake in central region). High hilly regions are comparatively more seismically active. If we talk about the present epicenter location (western off Pokhara to far western) which is infact more active from the starting of 2012, shows clear trend of increasing number of moderate earthquakes. This is the Ninth moderate earthquake whose epicenter is off Pokhara to far western development region. Three earthquakes of magnitude 5.0, 4.8 and 4.2 occurred in the same region of Rukum a week before. Six quakes are off Siraha to Nepal-India border, most of them adjoin to Sikkim. Nepal-India area is continuously being hit after the major quake in September 2011.
Note that earthquake on Sunday, 18 September 2011 centered within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, near the border of Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim killed at least 111 people.
Seismicity in the Himalaya dominantly results from the continental collision of the India and Eurasia plates, which are converging at a relative rate of 40-50 mm/yr.
A research has shown that Nepal is one of the 20 most disaster prone countries in the world with a high level of exposure to multiple hazards, most prominently earthquakes.

Update 11:50 PM
People rush out of their homes and hotels in panic in Dang and Syanga.
What to do:
Before earthquake

Learn how to turn on and shut off gas, tap-water, and electricity valves.
Keep hanging objects firmly secured; lock up the cabinet tight.
Do not place weighty objects on high shelves; secure heavy furnishings.
Secure a shelter in advance.
Fire equipment should be examined regularly.
During earthquake
Keep calm and immediately shut off electricity, gas, and tap-water.
Protect yourself from falling objects such as signs or potted plants.
If you are in the suburbs, avoid cliffs, riversides, and shores, and move to a clear area.
Do not try to rush out of a building; do not use elevators.
After earthquake
Check if people near you are hurt and give necessary first aid.
Turn on the radio for emergency instructions and disaster reports.
Better to wear shoes or boots to avoid being hurt by broken window glass or other sharp objects.
Check the structure of the house and quickly leave there if it is damaged; during evacuation, take the stairs.
Stay away from beaches and ports in case tsunami should happen.
Be aware of aftershocks.
Update 11:10 PM
The epicenter is very close to Thawang. Luckily the populated area is far from epicenter. DR don't expect major damage from this quake.

Update 10:55 PM
Tremor was felt as far as capital Kathmandu. Kathmandu lies 272 km far from epicenter. The shallow depth of 24 miles cause it to be felt in vast area.

Update 10:45 PM
We have got floods of felt reports from Pokhara, Baglung and capital Kathmandu. The felt report will be added below the post in couple of minutes.

M 5.0 moderate earthquake shakes western Nepal today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located  128 km WNW from Pokhara. It was 23.8 miles deep.

Along the broad front of the Himalaya Mountains there have been numerous magnitude 8 earthquakes. The 15 August 1950 M8.6 Assam India earthquake is the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the Himalaya. The 15 January 1934 M8.1 earthquake in Bihar, India-Nepal resulted in 10,700 deaths plus extensive damage due to liquefaction.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
16:30 UTC (local time Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 10:15:23 PM at epicenter)

Epicenter location

49 km NNW of Pyuthan, Nepal
56 km NE of Tulsipur, Nepal
91 km WNW of Baglung, Nepal
101 km SSE from Jumla, Nepal
103 km  E of Birendranagar, Nepal
117 km ENE from Nepalganj, Nepal
128 km WNW from Pokhara, Nepal
272 km WNW from Kathmandu, Nepal

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Felt reports received by Did you feel it? Click here

Ashish Basnet from Baneshwar, Kathmandu: Just felt tremors of earthquake. Did anyone feel it?? baneshwor ..KTM ......table ko water bottle hallira
Suzzu Thapa from Sallaghari, Bhaktapur: Well felt
Samiksha Gurung from Kathmandu: Scaryy tremor ...can't sleep whole night..
Ruchika Shakya from Kathmandu: Maile ni tha pako the but nobody believed me!
Suzzu Thapa from Kathmandu: I felt that 2 but it lasted for few seconds!!
Anjeet Bhai from Kathmandu: Feri asti ko jasto quake aune ta hoina
Ratish Shakya from Kathmandu: Dont scare me I am alone in my bed........ I jst wacting the WWE monday night........ please god safee me ....
Chaatu dai from Sinamangal, Kathmandu: It was very scary.....I hope for good tonight.....oh god please help me to get out of this situation..... guys stay safe tonight!!!!

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