Earthquake in Rukum (Himalaya), Nepal injures at least 20 people, damages minimum 14 houses

Last update: June 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm by By

Update June 29 17:02 UTC : Nepal newssite Republika wrote a little earlier today that the damage assessment is still going on in the Rukum area. Buildings of one lower secondary school based in Kholagaun and one secondary school at Jogineta collapsed in the earthquake. Besides that, a dozen houses have been damaged by the earthquake. The District Police Office Rukum said lack of communications service has hampered the collection of details of damages. Around five dozen houses have developed cracks at Arma, Nuwakot, Peugha, Mur, Khara and Pipal.

Update 16:20 UTC : According to Police, earthquake has damaged two storey building of Tara Bharati in Jagatipur, Jajarkot. Another significant damages have been observed in Khalanga-9.
We are getting reports of several houses damaged in southern part of Rukum mainly in Nuwakot, Arma area.
According to Anil Devkota, his families in Rukum are still outside due to fear of more earthquakes.
He personally don’t hope any rescue work to carry in the earthquake area. It is already 8:20 pm there and detail report will only arrive tomorrow morning.

Update 15:10 UTC : At least 20 people are reported to be injured in earthquake in Rukum, Nepal. Earthquake has damaged more than 14 houses in Rukum. Still have to wait for tomorrow morning for details. People rushed out of their houses in Salyan, Jajarkot, Rolpa and other neighboring districts.

Update 13:28 UTC
: We have just added the data of the Nepal National Seismological Center to the list. NSC has reported a Richter Magnitude ML 5.5. They are never disclosing the depth, at least not online. A same difference in data was seen at the earlier Rukum earthquakes. ER keeps his denomination as “dangerous”.

Update 12:59 UTC : Light to weak shaking has been reported from Dailekh, Pokhara, Birendranagar and Tulsipur

Update 12:33 UTC : On March 24 a similar, although a little weaker, earthquake struck the same area. Some prople had to be treated for minor injuries + a number of houses were damaged and others collapsed. Check our in-depth article about this earthquake here.

Update 12:30 UTC : the earthquake was well felt in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara. We do not expect damage outside the perimeter we have referred to below.

Update 12:25 UTC : It will take many hours before we will be getting news from the epicenter area. We consider a radius of 20 km around the epicenter as a potentially dangerous landslide area

We do not immediately fear shaking damage from this earthquake, but we do fear dangerous landslides as the monsoon has began his yearly work in the Himalayas

Different epicenters are being reported by the most important seismological agencies.

Image of the landscape near the epicenter - Image courtesy MaMaTa

Image of the landscape near the epicenter – Image courtesy MaMaTa

42km (26mi) NNE of Salyan, Nepal
58km (36mi) E of Dailekh, Nepal
66km (41mi) ENE of Birendranagar, Nepal
67km (42mi) N of Tulsipur, Nepal
318km (198mi) WNW of Kathmandu, Nepal

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-06-28 17:25:51

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-06-28 11:40:51

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Nepal Jun 28 11:40 5.0 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Nepal Jun 28 11:40 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • kathmandu - i felt the rails shake while i was climbing downstairs, i was holding 'em!
  • Noida - Weak Shaking
  • Gairapatan,Pokhara - My office chair shook while i was typing on my computer.
  • Sitapaila, Kathmandu - i was playing game on my pc. suddenly felt some shaking, initially thought it was my illusion but felt again. i left the game and went to another room to see if it was me only, but evryone on the other room was acting normal. i thought it was my mistake but later on facebook someone posted about it. then i was confirmed that i was not mistaken.. :D
  • USGS Nepal Jun 28 11:40 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    NSC West Nepal Jun 28 11:40 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
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