MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. Russia's Ministry for Emergency Situations has offered aid to Nepal in eliminating the aftermaths of a major earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation earlier on Saturday, the ministry's press service told TASS.
Specifically, it is prepared to dispatch a team of more than fifty rescuers to Nepal.
"More than fifty rescue workers from the Tsentrospas detachment and the Leader center are prepared for go to Nepal immediately," a press officer said. "They have expansive experience of operations in the areas struck by earthquakes."
The team has top-notch equipment enabling it to work autonomously.
"These rescuers have helped eliminate the aftermaths of quakes in Haiti, Turkey and China," the press officer said.
The India Meteorological Department said two powerful quakes were registered in Nepal at 06:11 UTC and 06:45 UTC. The first quake measured 7.9 points on the open-ended Richter scale and its epicenter was identified at a distance of 80 km to the northwest of the capital Kathmandu.
The second quake was somewhat less powerful 6.6 points on the Richter scale. The seismic focus lay at the depth of 10 km below the surface of the earth.