In the last 24 hours, 88 aftershocks have struck the hilly district of Lamjung in Gandaki Pradesh, which was already hit by the COVID-19.
According to the National Seismological Center (NSC), Lainchaur, these tremors were reported until 5:51 a.m. today, after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 5:42 a.m. on Wednesday with its epicenter at Bhulbhule in the Marsyangdi rural municipality of the district.
The first 5.8-magnitude tremor struck at 5:42 a.m., the second (4-magnitude) at 8:16 a.m., the third (4.1-magnitude) at 8:17 a.m., and the fourth (5.3-magnitude) at 8:26 a.m., according to Lok Bijaya Adhikari, the director of the National Seismological Center (NSC), Lainchaur.
On Wednesday, two tremors measuring 4 and 4.5 on the Richter scale struck at 9:23 and 10:39 p.m., respectively. Similarly, at 5:51 a.m. this morning, a 3.2-magnitude earthquake struck.
According to the NSC, there were six tremors above 4-magnitude and as many as 82 below 4-magnitude until 5:51 a.m. today.
According to Adhikari, all of the tremors were epicentered at Bhulbhule in the Marsyangdi rural municipality of Lamjung district.
The rain that fell overnight has exacerbated the problems that the locals are already dealing with as a result of COVID-19. The district is currently under a prohibitory order as a result of COVID-19. People have been told to stay inside and not congregate.
In the meantime, the earthquakes have injured four people and destroyed over 200 homes.
Four people, including Uma Gurung, 36, of Besishahar municipality-6, Khaka Kumari Khadka, 83, of ward-11, Khushimaya Gurung, 29, of ward-8, and Govinda Adhikari, 22, of Marsyangdi rural municipality-6, Thulibesi, were injured, according to DSP Ganga Thapa of the Lamjung District Police Office.
On March 18, a 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck with its epicenter in Kavrepalanchowk.
As it lies along the active fault zone between the two tectonic plates – the Tibetan plate and the Indian plate – Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes and often experiences them.