Earthquake rocks Nepal, killing at least 6 people




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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck western Nepal on Wednesday morning, killing at least six people. people, according to local authorities.

The earthquake’s epicenter was in the Seti area, at a depth of 15.7 kilometers (9.7 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was 21 kilometers east of Dipayal, a township in Nepal’s far western Doti district, the USGS said.

At least six people have died and five are injured in Purbichauki Rural Municipality of Doti District, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhola Bhatta told CNN.

Three houses were completely destroyed in the quake, he said, adding that a search and rescue operation was underway.

Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences on Twitter on Wednesday to the families of those killed.

“I have instructed the relevant agencies to arrange immediate and appropriate treatment of the injured and casualties in the relief and rescue operations (efforts) in the affected areas,” he wrote.

Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi, the Indian capital, and lasted around 10 seconds.

Authorities do not expect a large number of casualties as the earthquake’s epicenter appears to be in the sparsely populated area around Khaptad National Park, Bhatta said.

In 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and flattening homes and buildings.

The landlocked country is where the tectonic plates of India and Eurasia collide, creating the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau, and making Nepal vulnerable to earthquakes.


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