Friday, May 31, 2013

Earthquake in Nepal! M4.5 at Northern Bajura on May 31




Kathmandu, May 31 National Seismological Center (NSC) web portal reported a moderate earthquake measuring M4.5 on Richter scale in Western Nepal in the mid-day of May 31st at 11:49am local time (06:04 UTC). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Northern Bajura in Far Western Development Region of Nepal.

This is the 10th M4+ scale earthquake in the region. Earlier triple earthquake above M4 hit Mugu in this region on May 14th.



Aerial distance and direction to the epicenter from major cities:
653km WNW of Biratnagar
540km NW of Janakpur
431km WNW of Kathmandu
288km NW of Pokhara
185km North of Nepalgunj
167km ENE of Mahendranagar



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Related topics:

M4.2 hit Sindhupalchok (May 26)
Triple quake M4.3, M4.4 and M4.5 at Mugu (May 14)
M4.9 hit Northern Bajhang (April 28)
M4.2 hit Dhanusa (March 17)
M5.4 hit Rukum (March 6)
M4.1 hit Baglung (February 22)
M4 hit Bajhang (February 7)
M4.5 hit Bajhang (January 18)
M4 hits Siraha (January 13)
M5.5 hits Northern part of Bajura (January 9)
M4.7 hits Bajhang - Doti border (January 2)
M4.5 at Rolpa - Pyuthan Border (December 22)
M4 hit North East Jajarkot (December 4)
M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Earthquake in Nepal! M4.2 at Sindhupalchok on May 26




Kathmandu, May 26 National Seismological Center (NSC) web portal reported a minor earthquake measuring M4.2 on Richter scale in Central Nepal in the night of May 26th at 23:24pm local time (17:39 UTC). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Sindhupalchok, Bagmati District in Central Development Region of Nepal.

The epicenter is located closest the capital city of Kathmandu at the aerial distance of mere 53km east of Kathmandu, closest since the tremor of the same magnitude in Sarsin, Rasuwa (36km NNW of KTM) in Dec 2nd, 2011.

Aerial distance and direction to the epicenter from major cities:
202km NW of Biratnagar
110km North of Janakpur
53km East of Kathmandu
187km ESE of Pokhara
413km East of Nepalgunj
575km East of Mahendranagar



Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Related topics:

Triple quake M4.3, M4.4 and M4.5 at Mugu (May 14)
M4.9 hit Northern Bajhang (April 28)
M4.2 hit Dhanusa (March 17)
M5.4 hit Rukum (March 6)
M4.1 hit Baglung (February 22)
M4 hit Bajhang (February 7)
M4.5 hit Bajhang (January 18)
M4 hits Siraha (January 13)
M5.5 hits Northern part of Bajura (January 9)
M4.7 hits Bajhang - Doti border (January 2)
M4.5 at Rolpa - Pyuthan Border (December 22)
M4 hit North East Jajarkot (December 4)
M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Know your Kathmandu: 2

Identify this temple!

Q. for "Know your Kathmandu" for the month of Jestha.

Check yourself how well you know of the valley and share unique information that only you know about this place with others!


hints:
  • The temple is located in core area of Patan.
  • Main idol of god resides in this temple for roughly half of the time of a year, and for the other half, it is installed in the second temple in different place in Patan.






  • Click to expand for Answer:
    Rato Matsyendranath Temple (a.k.a. Machhindrabahal, Tabahal)
    Place: Ta:bahal, Tangal (Lalitpur)

    Extra info:
    This is one of the two temples where Rato Matsyendranath resides. The idol of Matsyendranath is brought to this temple, situated about 300m south of Patan Durbar Square, prior to beginning of chariot festival in Patan - one of the longest festival in Nepal, during which 32haat tall chariot is pulled around the various places in the city. During the festival the idol, again, stays in the chariot. Once the chariot festival is over, after the event of bhotojaatra in Jawalakhel, the idol is carried back to the second temple in outskirt of Patan. The god of Matsyendranath is known by various names viz. Karunamaya, Arya Avalokiteshwora, Bungdyo, and variant Machhindranath.

    sbn001 says The blue coloured steel railings were installed a couple of years back. Although it provides security to the temple, the original beauty of the temple and the bahal has been disturbed.
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    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Earthquake in Nepal! Triple quake M4.3, M4.4 and M4.5 at Mugu on May 14




    Kathmandu, May 14 National Seismological Center (NSC) web portal reported a minor earthquake measuring M4.3 on Richter scale in Western Nepal in the morning of May 14th at 8:58am local time (03:13 UTC). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Mugu in Far Western Development Region of Nepal.

    Update:
    Another quake M4.4 (believed to be after shock) hit 5 minutes later. The center was 13.5km north of the center of the first hit. Again, another quake measuring M4.5 recorded at 15:44 local time (09:59 UTC) in the Western Mugu, center of which was 10km north the first center and 4km SSW from center of the second hit.

    This is the 7th quake above M4 in the region in this year.

    Aerial distance and direction to the epicenter from major cities:
    617km WNW of Biratnagar
    505km NW of Janakpur
    394km WNW of Kathmandu
    253km NW of Pokhara
    183km North of Nepalgunj
    194km ENE of Mahendranagar



    Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

    Related topics:

    M4.9 hit Northern Bajhang (April 28)
    M4.2 hit Dhanusa (March 17)
    M5.4 hit Rukum (March 6)
    M4.1 hit Baglung (February 22)
    M4 hit Bajhang (February 7)
    M4.5 hit Bajhang (January 18)
    M4 hits Siraha (January 13)
    M5.5 hits Northern part of Bajura (January 9)
    M4.7 hits Bajhang - Doti border (January 2)
    M4.5 at Rolpa - Pyuthan Border (December 22)
    M4 hit North East Jajarkot (December 4)
    M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
    M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
    M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
    M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
    Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

    Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
    M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
    M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
    M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    May weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years


    May is the hottest month in Kathmandu. This is also the month in which Kathmandu is blessed with pre-monsoon rain.

    This year, the month started with slightly hotter than average May day, however, the temperature was gradually lowered due to rain pours, for which the average maximum temp dipped just below the average max of 30°C. The average maximum temperature in recent year also is in par with last 30 years' average, however, the average minimum temperature is 1.3°C higher than last 30 years' average min of 15°C. Whereas, this May, the average min temp was 2°C higher than the 30 years, and also the highest with 17.1°C.

    The month of May in year 2012 was the hottest compared to the rest in recent years. In 2012, most of the days were at 30°C or above. In year 2012, May 24 and 25, registered the highest maximum temperature of 34°C, the highest for the month of May in recent years. On the same time, the year 2012 also had the lowest minimum temperature of 10°C for the month of May. On the other hand, year 2008 and 2011 Mays had the lowest maximum temperature of 28.9°C, and year 2011 had only 6 days with max temp at 30°C or above. Whereas May 2013 saw 18 days with daytime hi at or above 30°C. May 2nd was the hottest with 33.4°C, while 4th registered the lowest mercury reading at 11.5°C. On the other hand, May 31st had the lowest daytime maximum temp of 23.4°C, whereas 26th was the warmest day with mercury not diving below 21°C for whole day.

    Average monthly rainfall in Kathmandu in May is 123.6mm. The maximum 24 hours rainfall recorded in May was 73.2mm in May 29, 1990. However, the average rainfall in past 6 year is below the 30 years' average at 110mm. The year 2012 May received less than 50% of the monthly rainfall, with just 52.8mm, whereas the preceding two years, 2010 and 2011 received more than average rainfall of 144mm and 157mm respectively. This year, despite it was quite a dry month for the first half, the second half of the month received intensive amount of rainfall. On contrast to the previous year, the total monthly rainfall was 276.5mm more than double the normal. May 23rd registered the record 24 hour maximum rainfall of 100.5mm, due to which Kathmandu valley traffic was in total chaos for flash floods.

    Below comparison of May 2013 weather trend to past six years trend.


    Daily averages

    Daily Max

    Daily Min

    Averages and extremes

    Number of warm and cold days

    data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, yalamandu.com


    Monthly weather trends in recent years for other months:


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