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Prez Bhandari to lay foundation stone of Earthquake Memorial Park in Gorkha

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GORKHA — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is set to lay foundation stone for the construction of the earthquake memorial pillar on coming Baisakh 12 (April 24) which marks the completion of a year of the ‘Gorkha Earthquake’.

Local Development Officer of Gorkha Narayan Prasad Acharya shared that the President is scheduled to lay foundation stone for the earthquake memorial park to be constructed in Barpark-4 in commemoration of those killed in the Gorkha Earthquake.

The District Natural Disaster Relief Committee took the decision to construct a memorial park in 218 ropanis land owned by the local body and the government.

A study committee had also recommended the land to be appropriate for the construction of park.

Likewise, a preparation has been made to sigh a grant agreement with a beneficiary to initiate grant handover process in Barpak on coming Baisakh 12.

“The President will also launch the reconstruction campaign by laying foundation stone for the rebuild of a house”, Acharya said, adding that “The reconstruction works will begin from Haspur of electoral constituency number 2 and Barpak of constituency number 3 of Gorkha”.

However, it is yet to ascertain from where the reconstruction works will begin in constituency number 1, he added.

As many as 472 people were killed while over 1,100 people sustained injuries in the last year’s devastating earthquake. Around 70,000 houses were completely damaged in the disaster.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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