5.6-magnitude earthquake jolts Nepal, rattles Indian capital

Published November 9, 2022, 7:04 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

KATHMANDU, Nepal – A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck western Nepal on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, sending shocks into neighbouring India.

The quake’s epicentre hit near Nepal’s Dipayal, 340 kilometres (210 miles) west of Kathmandu, and was registered at a depth of 15 kilometres (nine miles) by USGS.

It hit around 2:00 am (2030 GMT) and sent tremors into northern India.

Residents of India’s capital New Delhi posted videos on social media including swaying light fixtures and shaking fences after many were rattled by the tremor.

The Indian National Center for Seismology reported the quake at magnitude 6.3.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage and the USGS estimated a low likelihood of fatalities.

Western Nepal had also been jolted by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake at a depth of 10 kilometres hours earlier, around 9:00 pm (1530 GMT).

 
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