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Experts warn of huge tremor in Nepal
Updated: 2005-01-16 16:39

Experts have predicted the possibility of occurrence of a huge earthquake with Gosainthan of Banepa municipality, only 70 km east of Kathmandu, as the epicenter in the near future.

"The tremor may measure a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale," Surya Narayan Shrestha, an engineer at the Nepal National Society for Earthquake Technology, told reporters on Sunday.

The assumption was made after calculation of radius of recent tremor patterns, Shrestha said, adding there were 124 small magnitude earthquakes after 1938 and "the impending one could be more dangerous."

An earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale that shook Nepal in 1934 took the lives of 8,519 people including 4,296 in the Kathmandu Valley alone.

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday released the building construction guidelines, which set safety standards for construction to make buildings less vulnerable to disasters like earthquakes and fire.

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