Northern Nepal Stricken by Deadly Earthquake with Death Toll Expected to Escalate

by Ethan Kim
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Northern Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, leading to the death of at least 37 individuals, with officials anticipating the number of casualties to increase as rescue operations continue in the affected mountainous regions.

Early reports on Saturday indicated potential increases in the death toll, emphasizing that numerous villages were unreachable due to disrupted communication lines.

At least 20 fatalities have been reported in the Rukum district following the collapse of several buildings, according to a statement by police official Narvaraj Bhattarai via telephone.

Adjacent Jajarkot district reported 17 deaths, as confirmed by Harish Chandra Sharma, an official with the local government administration.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.4, was recorded by Nepal’s National Earthquake Monitoring & Research Center, pinpointing its epicenter in Jajarkot, roughly 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

Initial measurements by the U.S. Geological Survey differed, indicating a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 at a depth of 17.9 kilometers (11.1 miles).

Occurring just before the stroke of midnight, the quake caught many residents off-guard as they slept, and the tremors reached as far as New Delhi, the capital of neighboring India.

Nepal, a nation with a landscape dominated by mountains, is no stranger to seismic activity. A significant earthquake in 2015, measuring 7.8 in magnitude, resulted in approximately 9,000 deaths and caused damage to around 1 million buildings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nepal earthquake

How many people have died in the recent earthquake in Nepal?

At least 37 individuals have perished in the earthquake that struck northwestern Nepal, and authorities expect the death toll to climb as search and rescue efforts continue.

What areas of Nepal were affected by the earthquake?

The earthquake affected the northwestern districts of Nepal, particularly the Rukum and Jajarkot districts, where significant casualties and structural collapses were reported.

What was the magnitude of the earthquake in Nepal?

Nepal’s National Earthquake Monitoring & Research Center recorded the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.4, with its epicenter near Jajarkot, Nepal.

Did the US Geological Survey report the same magnitude for the earthquake?

No, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 for the earthquake, at a depth of 17.9 kilometers (11.1 miles).

Were there any tremors felt outside of Nepal?

Yes, tremors from the earthquake were also felt in New Delhi, the capital city of India.

Are earthquakes a common occurrence in Nepal?

Yes, earthquakes are common in Nepal due to its mountainous terrain. A major earthquake in 2015 with a magnitude of 7.8 resulted in around 9,000 deaths.

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Sarah_bright November 4, 2023 - 12:21 am

i heard about the quake in Nepal, it’s so sad, every year we see this and it just doesn’t get easier, hope the help gets there fast.

JennyLee November 4, 2023 - 4:40 am

So scary that the buildings collapsed and that too at night, how do people even prepare for this, just hoping rescuers get to all in time.

Anon_reader91 November 4, 2023 - 8:04 am

the magnitude seems different between Nepal’s center and the USGS? which one is more accurate you think.

Mike Harson November 4, 2023 - 1:03 pm

really tragic to hear about the earthquake, these natural disasters are so unpredictable, thoughts are with the people of Nepal.


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