Eureka News Now —
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck western Nepal on Wednesday morning local time, killing at least six people, according to local officials.
The epicenter of the quake was in the Seti Zone 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 injured in the rural community of Purbichauki in Doti district, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhola Bhatta told Eureka News Now.
Three houses were completely destroyed in the quake, he said, adding that a search and rescue operation is underway.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences to the families of those killed on Twitter on Wednesday.
“I have directed the relevant authorities to arrange for prompt and proper treatment of the injured and victims in the relief and rescue (efforts) in the affected areas,” he wrote.
Tremors were felt as far away as the Indian capital, New Delhi, and lasted about 10 seconds.
Authorities do not expect a large number of casualties as the earthquake’s epicenter appears to have been in the sparsely populated area around Khaptad National Park, Bhatta said.
In 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and destroying homes and buildings.
In this landlocked country, the tectonic plates of India and Eurasia collide, creating the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau and making Nepal prone to earthquakes.