Earthquakes in Tibet, felt in Kathmandu and eastern Nepal

KATHMANDU: Several earthquakes -- minor to moderate --  were recorded in Tibet of China, bordering Nepal, from the early morning to this afternoon.  Some of the tremors were felt in eastern and central Nepal including the Kathmandu Valley.

The chief of Nepal's National Seismological Centre, Lok Bijaya Adhikari, told THT Online that some members of the public had called the NSC to inquire about the magnitude and epicentre of the tremors, claiming they felt them in the Capital also.

"The tremors were also felt in some districts of eastern Nepal," Adhikari said.

According to China Earthquake Networks Center, two moderate earthquakes of 5.3-magnitude hit the southern part of Tibet this morning.

The first earthquake was recorded at 9:48 am local time in Dinggye County, Xigaze City, with its epicentre at a location with coordinates 28.36°N, 87.6°E, and a depth of 10 km.

The second one was recorded at 10:05 am local time in Tingri County. Its epicentre was at 28.41°N,  87.59°E, with a depth of 6 km.

Meanwhile, Adhikari rejected speculations that the Tibet earthquakes could be related to the Gorkha earthquake, which had rattled Nepal on April 25 last year.

"These Tibetan earthquakes had an entirely different mechanism," he said.