At least six people have been killed in an earthquake in Nepal as a 6.6-magnitude quake was felt as far away as Delhi.
At least six people were killed in the 6.6-magnitude earthquake Nepal Wednesday.
While Nepal’s National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Center gave a preliminary reading of magnitude 6.6, the US Geological Survey gave a rating of 5.6.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) measured the earthquake at magnitude 5.6 and said it was located 158 km northeast of the neighboring town of Pilihite. Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.
The quake forced people to flee their homes in the Himalayan region and was felt as far away as India’s capital, New Delhi, some 400km away.
Officials said the death toll was reported in Doti district, where five others were injured.
Doti District Chief Officer Kalpana Shrestha said six people were killed when they were crushed inside their homes in the remote, sparsely populated mountain village, the Associated Press reported.
Ms. Shreshta added that security personnel have been deployed in remote villages to help with rescue efforts.
Although houses were damaged in many villages, there were no new reports of casualties.
A ground rescue team was sent to the scene and two helicopters were stationed in the nearby towns of Surkhet and Nepalgunj, Nepalese army spokesman Narayan Silwal told Reuters.
Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said in a statement on Twitter that relief and rescue efforts are ongoing.
“I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who died in the earthquake, the center of which was in Khaptad district of Far West. I have also instructed the relevant departments to organize immediate and proper treatment of the victims and victims in relief and rescue operations in the affected areas,” he wrote.
Strong tremors were felt in several regions of India.
“It was terrible… too terrible,” journalist Akansha Mishra wrote on social networks.
Several people reported their bed frames shaking and ceiling fans spinning back and forth.
Nepal, where Mount Everest is located, is prone to earthquakes because it lies along a fault at the border of two tectonic plates, the Indian and Eurasian plates.
The country is still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2015 that killed nearly 9,000 people.
(Additional reporting by agencies)
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