The powerful earthquake in Nepal is a "wake up" call for the government to determine how it deals with such calamities, seismology experts have said while calling for urgent advancement in construction technology.
Nepal's 19th-century nine-storey Dharhara tower in the heart of the capital on Saturday became a burial ground for hundreds of visitors who had come to see the panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley from the top of the minaret.
The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal and neighbouring Indian states on Saturday, leaving a massive trail of death and devastation, jolted memories of the catastrophic 1934 tragedy, which had claimed several thousands of human lives on both sides of the Himalayas.
The United States is sending a disaster response team to earthquake-hit Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million to address immediate needs, the US Agency for International Development said Saturday.
The earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale which shook Nepal and several areas in India on Saturday can be classified as a "great earthquake" and the aftershocks will continue for next 10-15 days, according to NGRI seismologist RK Chadha.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi have expressed concern over the situation caused by the massive earthquake in Nepal and its impact in India and hoped that the damage to life and property is limited.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday instructed the officials to keep in touch with tourists from the state in Nepal in the wake of a high-intensity quake rattling the Himalayan state.
Indian Air Force's C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft on Saturday took off from the Hindon airbase here carrying NDRF personnel and relief material to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has hit the Himalayan country.