At Least 16 Dead After Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Rocks Northeastern India, Nepal
A strong earthquake shook northeastern India and Nepal on Sunday night, killing at least 16 people, damaging buildings and sending lawmakers in Nepal’s capital running into the streets.
The full extent of damage was not immediately known because the region is sparsely populated with many people living in remote areas now cut off by mudslides triggered by the quake, state police Chief Jasbir Singh told The Associated Press.
TV stations reported buildings buckled, sidewalks cracked and two major roads collapsed in Sikkim’s state capital of Gangtok, 42 miles (68 kilometers) southeast of the quake’s epicenter near the border with Nepal. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police said two of its buildings had collapsed in Gangtok.
The quake was also felt as far as the Indian capital, with New Delhi residents also rushing out of shaking buildings.
This comes just days after the 7.2 magnitude in Fiji and the 6.6 and 6.2 quakes in Japan. Today we see additional 5.0 and 5.2 quakes in Japan.
Something is clearly going on, as in the last 2-3 weeks have seen an average of approximately one major quake per day - a trend that continues this weekend. Recall this update from Dutchsinse, which was recorded back on the 15th of this month:
Fourteen 6.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 14 days!