5.6 magnitude aftershock of Gorkha earthquake hits Solukhumbu

KATHMANDU: An aftershock of local magnitude 5.6 was recorded at around 5:20 am today, with its epicentre in Solukhumbu, near the border of Ramechhap district.

The epicentre was at latitude 27.79° N and longitude 86.5 ° E, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital, Kathmandu, according to the National Seismological Centre (NSC).

The quake was also felt in Kathmandu. People fled their houses after they were woken by the pre-dawn earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.

Reports made public by the NSC state that this was 475th significant aftershock of the Gorkha earthquake 2015 recorded till date.

Nepal is still recovering from last year's earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people.