A 5.6-magnitude earthquake has struck western Nepal, killing at least six people, according to local authorities.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck western Nepal on Wednesday morning local time, killing at least six people, according to local officials. quoted by CNN.

The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Seti area, at a depth of 15.7 kilometers, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced.

How many people did this Nepal earthquake affect?

At least six people were killed and five injured in the rural community of Purbichauki in Doti district, police spokesman Bhola Bhatta told CNN.

Three houses were completely destroyed in the earthquake, he said, adding that a search and rescue operation was underway.

The movements of the earth’s crust were felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi and lasted about 10 seconds.

No new victims are expected

Authorities do not expect a large number of casualties, as the epicenter of the earthquake is in a sparsely populated area around Khaptad National Park, Bhatta said.

In 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people.

Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes because it lies over the point where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide.

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