Today: Nepal’s Jajarkot earthquake kills deputy mayor; why so many earthquakes in neighboring country?
Nepal earthquake: Nepal Police said old houses were damaged. Nepal had 6.1 and 4.8 earthquakes last month.
Nepal earthquake: At least 128 people died in the big earthquake in Nepal last night. This number keeps rising. Nepali media reported a 6.4-magnitude earthquake at 11:47 pm. This earthquake caused the most damage in Karnali’s Jajarkot and Rukum West.
Lokvijay Adhikari, chief of the National Earthquake Measurement Center, said the earthquake hit Jajarkot in western Nepal at 11:47 pm. The late Friday night earthquake in Jajarkot killed Sarita Singh, Deputy Mayor of Nalgarh Municipality. Besides them, about 50 people died in the area.
Nepal Police say the earthquake damaged historic houses. 15 died, including 11-year-old Lakshmi Bik of Rukum West District, Athbiskot Municipality, and her four kids. One earthquake victim died in Khalanga, Jajarkot, Nepal. The death was reported by Jajarkot Chief District Officer Suresh Sunar.
Why is Nepal prone to earthquakes?
Nepal trembles daily. Two earthquakes occurred last month: a 6.1 magnitude one in Dhading district on October 22 and a 4.8 magnitude one in Sudurpaschim province on October 16. About 9,000 people died in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks in 2015.
Why do Nepalese earthquakes keep happening? Nepal lies between the Indian and Tibetan plates. Tectonic plates shift two meters every 100 years, causing earthquakes and pressure. The Government of Nepal’s Disaster Assessment Report (PDNA) ranks Nepal 11th in earthquake risk.