The earthquake was felt at 12:35 pm, state Meteorological department said. The epicentre of the temblor was in Nepal, it said.

Initial reports suggest that tremors were felt across several parts of the state including Darbhanga, East Champaran and Kisanganj.

The earthquake brought people into panic. In the capital city Patna, citizens were seen running out from buildings into open spaces. In many schools, children ran to safety in field.

Tremors were also felt in several places in Jharkhand but no loss of life or property damage was reported.
Tremors were felt in Ranchi, Dumka, Giridih and in other places around 12.35 pm for a few seconds, an official said. There was no report of any damage to life or property.

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