Quake hits eastern Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh

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Kathmandu/Dhaka, Apr 5 (PTI) Tremors were felt in eastern parts of Nepal, Bhutan and northern Bangladesh after an earthquake measuring 5.4 magnitude struck the region on Monday night.

There were no reports of injuries or casualties in Nepal, My Republica newspaper said.

The epicenter of the quake was 25 kilometer Southeast of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim state in India.

A large number of people in eastern districts in Nepal had rushed out of their houses as precaution as the strong tremors triggered panic among them, the paper said.

The Bhutanese newspaper said that there are currently conflicting international seismic reports with some saying the epicenter was in Sikkim while others say it was in Bhutan's Samtse.

'The damages will be verified,' it said, adding that the earthquake was heavy in Samtse and lasted for around 5 seconds.

So far there are no reports of major damages, the paper tweeted.

The Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported that the quake was also felt in Panchagarh in northern Bangladesh and panicked people rushed out of their houses.

Panchagarh Deputy Commissioner Sabina Yasmin said they were yet to receive any report of damage.

The quake reportedly also affected parts of China. PTI ZH ZH