KATHMANDU: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the western region of Nepal on Wednesday morning, 164 minutes after the first (5.8-magnitude) earthquake.
The 5.3-magnitude tremor struck at 8:26 a.m., according to Lok Bijaya Adhikari, the director of the National Seismological Center (NSC) in Lainchaur. A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 5:42 a.m., sending people outside in fear.
Four people have been injured, and up to 12 houses built of clay and stones have collapsed as a result of the earthquake.
Four people were injured, according to DSP Ganga Thapa of the Lamjung District Police Office, including Uma Gurung, 40, and Khab Kumari Pandey, 83, both of Marsyangdi rural municipality, Khushimaya Gurung, 29, of ward-8, and Govinda Adhikari, 22, both of Marsyangdi rural municipality-6, Thulibesi.
This morning, three strong earthquakes struck in a 164-minute period. The first 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 5:42 a.m., followed by the second (4-magnitude) at 8:16 a.m., and the third (5.3-magnitude) at 8:26 a.m.
According to Lok Bijaya Adhikari, the chief of the National Seismological Center (NSC), Lainchaur, all of them epicentered at Bhulbhule in Marsyangdi rural municipality of Lamjung district.
Tremors were felt in Lamjung, Gorkha, Dhading, Tanahun, and Kaski, as well as the Kathmandu Valley.
On April 28, an earthquake with a local magnitude (ML) of 3.5 hit Kathmandu, with its epicenter in Kalanki.
On March 18, a 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck with its epicenter in Kavrepalanchowk.
As it lies along the active fault zone between the two technic plates – the Tibetan plate and the Indian plate – Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes and often witnesses them.