In a seismic event that rattled Nepal and sent tremors all the way to Delhi-National Capital Region, an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck on November 6, 2023, at 16:16:40 IST.
The epicenter of the quake was located at a latitude of 28.89 and a longitude of 82.36, with a depth of 10 kilometers, situated in Nepal, as reported by the National Centre for Seismology. This unsettling event occurred approximately 233 kilometers north of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
The tremors set off a wave of panic among the people in the affected areas, especially in Delhi and the National Capital Region, where reports poured in about furniture shaking vigorously. The unsettling sensation served as a stark reminder of the region’s vulnerability to seismic activities.
Notably, this recent earthquake comes shortly after a more devastating 6.4 magnitude quake had rocked Nepal, resulting in 153 casualties and 160 injuries. This earlier earthquake marked the most destructive seismic event in Nepal since the catastrophic 2015 earthquake.
The District Administration Office in Jajarkot has updated the death toll from the 6.4 magnitude earthquake to 101, reducing it from the initial count of 105. Furthermore, there was no change in the death toll in the Rukum West district.
Nepal, being situated in one of the most active tectonic zones, specifically in seismic zones IV and V, remains highly susceptible to earthquakes. This geographical reality underscores the importance of preparedness and vigilance in the region to minimize the impact of such natural disasters and protect the lives of its residents.