Kathmandu, November 5th – In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Jajarkot on Friday night, a dedicated team from the National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Center, based in Lainchaur, has been deployed to the affected region. The primary objective of this mission is to conduct a comprehensive study and research to better understand the earthquake’s impact and characteristics.
Led by esteemed seismologist Dr. Lok Bijaya Adhikari, the team is set to investigate various aspects of the earthquake. This study includes an analysis of the earthquake’s depth, the direction of the damage it caused, and the structures affected by the seismic event. The findings of this research will provide valuable insights into the earthquake’s nature and will aid in the development of future disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies.
Director General of the Department of Mines and Geology, Ram Prasad Ghimire, emphasized the importance of this scientific investigation. He noted that such studies are crucial for enhancing our understanding of earthquakes and their impact, which, in turn, helps to minimize the damage and protect communities in the future.
Additionally, senior seismologist Dr. Adhikari clarified that the earthquake in Jajarkot was not an aftershock of the Bajhang earthquake but a distinct event. Following the Friday night earthquake in Ramidanda, Jajarkot, four aftershocks have been recorded. These aftershocks include a 4.5 magnitude tremor at 12:08 AM on the same night, a 4.2 magnitude quake at 12:29 AM, a 4.3 magnitude event at 12:35 PM, and a 4.2 magnitude tremor at 3:40 PM on the following Saturday.
The earthquake has already claimed the lives of 157 people and left over 200 injured in Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim. With the earthquake registering at a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale, the study conducted by the seismological team is expected to provide valuable insights for earthquake preparedness and disaster management in the region.