First aftershock of new year, epicentre in Sindhupalchok

KATHMANDU: A tremor was felt in Sindhupalchok district of central Nepal in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

The National Seismological Centre listed it as an aftershock of April 25 earthquake.

The light aftershock of local magnitude 4.2 occurred at 3:15 am at a location with coordinates 28.01°N, 85.80°E, the NSC said. The epicentre lies around 28 kilometre north of the district headquarters, Chautara.

It was first tremor of significant magnitude with its epicentre in Nepal with the start of the new year.

With this, the number of significant aftershocks (of local magnitude 4.0 or above) that followed the April 25 earthquake has reached 422, the NSC records showed. Official records show that at least 8,979 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and its aftershocks, including that on May  12.

The last aftershock was recorded in Sindhupalchok district in the morning of December 31. It was of ML 4.3.

The NSC had recorded a fresh earthquake in far west Nepal yesterday. However, its epicentre was on the Indian side, close to Darchula district of Nepal.