KATHMANDU - At least one person died and more than two dozen houses were damaged in a remote Nepalese district after an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 struck the Himalayan nation on Tuesday, officials said, as tremors were felt as far as India’s capital New Delhi.
Military and police teams rushed to the affected area in Bajura district in the country’s west, an official said, as local media showed images of volunteers moving debris to look for survivors.
A woman who had climbed up a hill to collect fodder was crushed to death by a falling stone loosened by the tremors, Gaumul village official Deb Bahadur Rokaya said.
The US Geological Survey said the quake was at a depth of 25km, and about 63km to the north-west of Nepal’s Jumla district, more than 300km from the capital Kathmandu.
“It was quite a big tremor,” said Mr Nain Rawal, an official in Bajura.
“There were people all gathered on the streets. There was terror for some time,” he added.
Two people were also injured and up to 40 houses damaged, said Mr Pushkar Khadka, another district official.
The houses that were destroyed or developed cracks were mostly made of mud and stone, he said.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said earlier that the magnitude of the quake was 5.4.
Social media users in India said they felt strong tremors that shook ceiling fans and other fixtures.
According to data from the US Geological Survey, this was the tenth earthquake of magnitude 4.5 or above in the region in the past year.
The Himalayan region comprising Nepal – extending from the Hindu Kush mountain ranges in the west of India to the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the east – is one of the most earthquake-prone places in the world, with the northwards movement of the Indian continental plate and its collision with the Eurasian plate generating frequent tremors.
A 7.8 magnitude quake killed almost 9,000 people in Nepal in 2015.