7.9 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal, tremors felt in India and Pakistan

7.9 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal, tremors felt in India and Pakistan

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An earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck 80 km east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday morning.

Nepal’s Information Minister Minendra Rijal told India’s NDTV  that there are reports of damage in and around Kathmandu but no immediate word on casualties. He said rescue teams were on the scene.

The BBC reports some buildings have been damaged in the quake in Nepal but there has been no initial word on any casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time (0611 GMT) at a shallow depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).

Tremors lasting well over a minute were also felt in Pakistan and in some parts of India including Delhi-NCR, Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and other cities.

Nearly half an hour after the first tremors, aftershocks were felt again around 12:20 pm across North India. Delhi Metro services were briefly suspended after the quake.

Here are some live tweets from the ground: