Fresh tremors trigger panic in State

Bhubaneswar: Fresh tremors jolted several parts of Odisha today, triggering panic among people as the aftershocks came a day after a powerful earthquake rocked Nepal and several parts of India.

The MeT office here said that an earthquake of moderate intensity having its magnitude 6.9 on the Richter scale occurred at 12.39 hours IST with its epicentre at latitude 27.60 North and longitude 85.90 East in Nepal.

The epicentre of the earthquake is about 810 km from Bhubaneswar in the direction of North. The earthquake is felt in some parts of Odisha, it said.

Apart from the State capital Bhubaneswar, the tremors were felt in Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda and other areas which had also been jolted by yesterday’s earthquake.

Shaken by the fresh tremors, panic-stricken people moved out of buildings, particularly multi-storied and high-rise structures to open areas.

“We experienced the tremors once again today (Sunday). After seeing the devastation in Nepal through television, we were apprehensive. These were the mild tremors,” said Rajiv Sahu, a resident of Bhubaneswar.

However, there was no immediate report of damage to property or anyone getting hurt, officials said.