Midnight earthquake shakes Nepal, death toll rises to 128
The death toll from the powerful earthquake in Nepal has risen to 128. Many injured. Officials of the country reported this information.The earthquake hit Jajarkot area of Karnali province in the western part of the country on Friday midnight. The earthquake was also felt in New Delhi, the capital of India.
Nepal’s National Seismological Center said the occurred in the Jajarkot area at 11:47 pm local time on Friday. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.4.
The mountainous Jajarkot area is located about 500 km west of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.6 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the was 18 km below the surface.On the other hand, the German Research Center for Geoscience said that the magnitude of the was 5.7.
Police spokesperson Kuber Kadayat said that 92 people were killed in Jajarkot and 36 in Rukum.Karnali province police officer Gopal Chandra Bhattarai told AFP news agency that the death toll was in the hundreds. Many were also injured.
Officials fear that the death toll may increase.Jajarkot district official Harish Chandra Sharma told news agency Reuters by phone, ‘The number of injured may be hundreds. The death toll may also increase.
Police officer Gopal Chandra commented that it is difficult to get accurate information about casualties and damages as the affected areas are remote and remote.Gopal Chandra said the roads were damaged due to the earthquake. Some roads are blocked. In this situation, they are trying to reach the bad place by alternative route.Local officials said it was not possible to establish contact with the area near the epicenter.
Security forces have been deployed to assist in search and rescue operations, officials said.In the pictures and videos posted on social media, it can be seen that many houses and buildings have collapsed in the earthquake. Locals are trying to get people out from under the rubble in the darkness of the night.
The district hospital was filled with people injured in the earthquake.Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of life and property . In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he ordered the country’s security agencies to start immediate rescue and relief operations.
In 2015, there was an quake of magnitude 7.8 in Nepal. About 9 thousand people were killed in it. More than 22 thousand people were injured. More than five lakh houses were destroyed in the earthquake.