At least 5 people were killed in an earthquake in Nepal
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck western Nepal on Wednesday morning, killing at least five people, according to local officials.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the Seth zone at a depth of 15.7 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). It was located 21 kilometers east of Deepayal, the district headquarters of Doti district in far western Nepal. USGS said:
At least five people were killed and five injured in Bhola Bhatta, a rural municipality in Purbichauk, Doti district, Doti district deputy superintendent of police told CNN.
As a result of the earthquake, one person went missing, it was completely destroyed for three hours, he said that search and rescue operations are underway.
Social media users reported feeling tremors as far away as Delhi.
Authorities do not expect a large number of casualties as the epicenter appears to have been in a sparsely populated area of Khaptad National Park, Bhatta said.
In 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Nepal. killing about 9,000 people and leveling houses and buildings.
The landlocked country is where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. creating Making the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau and Nepal vulnerable to earthquakes.
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