The 2011 Sikkim earthquake was a damaging magnitude 6.9 Mw earthquake epicentered within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, near the Sikkim-Nepal border at 18:10 IST (12:40 UTC) on Sunday, 18 September 2011. The earthquake was felt across northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and southern Tibet.
At least 48 people were killed in the earthquake. In Sikkim, four are reported dead,with reports of fatalities in and near Singtam in the East Sikkim district. Several buildings collapsed in Gangtok. Seven are reported dead in Nepal, including three killed when a wall of the British Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal collapsed.
7:00 UTC: Death toll rises to 48
- 25 people in India’s Sikkim state were killed and more than 50 were injured
- 6 deaths West Bengal, India
- 3 death Bihar, India
- 7 deaths confirmed in China and 22 injuries in southern Tibet
- 7 deaths confirmed in Nepal
Sikkim experienced 3 aftershocks since the earthquake, occurring at magnitudes of 5.7, 5.1, and 4.6 (Mw) within 30 minutes of the main quake. Kathmandu experienced 2 notable aftershocks and both had magnitude of 4.8 Mw. The aftershocks had no serious impact in the region. On the very next morning, tremors shook some parts of Maharashtra measuring 3.9 (Mw) at around 6:30am IST (UTC+05:30) including Latur, Osmanabad and Solapur districts, all of which had already suffered 1993 earthquake. However, no loss on life or property were reported.