Living in city of North India, around 400 kms away from Kathmandu(capital of Nepal), I experienced the most devastating earthquake for the first time.
The 7.9 magnitude quake hits my city at about 6.9 magnitude.
On 25 April, at 11:45 am, I was working on my laptop, resetting the hotspot for WiFi.
The bed shook, vibrated slightly like someone shove from behind,
I turned around and saw no one, bed was still shaking,
I was still in room gazing at things as the adjacent cupboard opened automatically.
In a glance, I understood it's an earthquake
I shouted for my mother, Run Earthquake, she followed me from another room and we went out of the house.
I live in a dense populated colony,
The atmosphere outside was unbelievable, like a scene from sci-fi movie.
The stormy wind was speedy, cloud thundered, noise coming from everywhere.
What fascinated me is the groups of monkeys came on roads along with street dogs,
they are like rivals on normal days
The birds circling above
And believe me, Earth was still shaking, like never before, never for this long.
I was feeling dizzy, people were fainted on road!!
That earthquake lasted for about 1:30 minutes at least.
People had discussions and shared their experienced thoroughly in groups and then returned to their home.
Power was cut already.
Mobile networks were unavailable already.
I ran for my laptop and searched for the news related earthquake in India, (I was not knowing the epicenter is in Nepal).
Believe me, There was NO NEWS related earthquake at that time, No update.
The news media was literally discussing on Delhi's politics.
Though, after a minute they showed bottom strips and then news was flashing on every channel about the earthquake.
I tried to call my father on phone, but the line was unreachable.
The wind slowed, sun shone again.
But it was not the end.
Another earthquake soon after the first one was felt,
It was less on magnitude and lasted for about 20 seconds.
everyone came out the houses.
They were scared, half of them didn't returned home.
At least 14 aftershocks have been observed on that day(In Nepal), the powerful ones reached my city and further cities, the last one at around 6:30 pm, even that was so severe that my bed was shaking.
Some people gossiped till late night, some went to nearby field to spend the night in temporary tents.
It was my first big Earthquake experience,
and first for most of the Nepalese and North east Indians.
Now, people are suffering from post traumatic disorders, It feels like you have traveled 2-3 days in train.
On 26 April, 40 tremors has been recorded, fresh tremors were felt across North India.
Another earthquake from different epicenter measured at 6.9 magnitude.
The tremors badly hit my city and nearby cities, killing at least 12 people and many injured,
And in Bihar, (adjacent state) where 60 people died, the tremors went on for several minutes.
The rumors on social media is unlimited.
The reality is like a nightmare.
In Nepal, at least 6000 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake.
Pray for Nepal,
Donate for Nepal.
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