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6.3 magnitude earthquake hits west Nepal; tremors felt across north India

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6 dead after 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits West Nepal.

Synopsis: At least six people are dead as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes west Nepal; tremors are felt across north India.

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits west Nepal; tremors felt across north India

The earthquake struck at 2.12 a.m. with the epicentre in Khaptad National Park in Doti district, according to the National Seismological Centre.

A violent 6.3-magnitude earthquake slammed west Nepal early on November 9, killing at least six people and injuring five others, according to authorities.

According to the National Seismological Centre, the earthquake occurred at 2.12 a.m. with its epicentre at Khaptad National Park in Doti district.

According to the Police Deputy Superintendent Bhola Bhatta, the acting chief of the Doti District Police Office, all of the fatalities were killed by rubble from damaged buildings during the earthquake.

An earthquake has struck parts of Delhi and Nepal in the early hours of Wednesday. | Photo Credit: The Hindu

The centre of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake, which occurred at 1.57 a.m., was in Nepal, around 90 kilometres east-southeast of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). For the past few days, the region has been witnessing smaller magnitude earthquakes.

According to the National Center for Seismology, the epicentre was in Nepal. “6.3 Magnitude Earthquake, 09-11-2022, 01:57:24 IST, Lat: 29.24 & Long: 81.06, Depth: 10 Km, Location: Nepal,” the NCS tweeted.

A  7.8-magnitude rocked Nepal, in April 2015, killing about 9,000 people and injuring almost 22,000 more. It also caused damage to over 800,000 homes and schools.

Nepal in April 2015 was struck by the worst earthquake in 80 years, leaving nearly 9000 people dead in flattened houses and buildings including the iconic Dharhara tower and renowned Darbar Square in the heart of Kathmandu.

Another 34 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Given the scale of the destruction, the death toll is almost certain to rise, said Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal.

A U.S. Geological Survey map, shows the epicentre of the earthquake near Lamjung, West Nepal.

The U.S. Geological Survey revised the magnitude from 7.5 to 7.9 but then lowered it to 7.8. It said the quake hit at 11-56 a.m. local time (0611 GMT) at Lamjung, West Nepal. It was the largest shallow quake since the 8.2 temblor off the coast of Chile on April 1, 2014.

According to Narayan Silwal, spokesman for the Nepali army, a ground rescue team has been dispatched to the scene, and two helicopters are on standby in the nearby towns of Surkhet and Nepalgunj.

Second earthquake in 24 hours

A 5.7 magnitude tremor at 9.07 p.m. on November 8 and a 4.1 magnitude one immediately after at 9.56 p.m. preceded the stronger tremor that jolted west Nepal. It stated that the epicentre was the same.

The earthquake occurred 155km northeast of Kathmandu at a depth of 100 kilometres

Earthquake of Magnitude: 4.5, Occurred on 08-11-2022, 04:37:27 IST, Lat: 28.57 & Long: 86.58, Depth: 100 Km, Location: 155km NE of Kathmandu, Nepal,” tweeted NCS.

The tremors were felt not only in west Nepal but also throughout northern India, including Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi and its outskirts of Gurugram and Ghaziabad.

Many individuals posted videos on Twitter of people fleeing out of their homes and neighbours gathering in groups, gathered over their phones, trying to figure out what had happened and where the epicentre was. A chandelier was seen wobbling in one footage.

“I’m just 80 km away from the centre of this earthquake… I tell you guys … I was in deep sleep. My table started hitting the wall…Almirah made sound…and my bed shook… It was for at least 50 to 70 seconds,” posted one user Dinesh Sharma, who said he is based in Pilibhit near the border.

Another Twitter user, Neha Yadav, stated that she had lived in Delhi for four years and had never experienced such earthquakes.

On November 6, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck Uttarakhand, with the epicentre 17 kilometres east-southeast of Uttarkashi.

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