5.8 magnitude earthquake jolts western Nepal, four injured

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Kathmandu: An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred in western Nepal on Wednesday morning.

According to the National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Centre, the epicenter of the earthquake that occurred at 5: 42 am was nearby Bhulbhule of Lamjung.

Seismic expert Dr Lokbijaya Adhikari told RSS that the earthquake was measured 5.8 on the Richter scale. The jolt was also experienced in different parts of Lamjung, Gorkha, Tanahun, Kaski, Manang, Chitwan, Dhading and Kathmandu Valley.

At least four people sustained injuries in different areas after the quake collapsed houses.

Among the injured are Uma Gurung, 36, of Besishahar municipality-6, Khaka Kumari Khadka, 83, of ward-11, Khushimaya Gurung, 29, of ward-8 and Govinda Adhikari, 22, of Marsyangdi rural municipality-6, Thulibesi, confirmed the District Police Office Lamjung. The injured are undergoing treatment at District Hospital Lamjung.

Police Inspector of District Police Office, Jagadish Mishra said they had injuries in their head, hand, and leg. The injured was half-buried by the house that was caved in after the earthquake. She was asleep when the quake occurred. Locals rescued her and took her to the district hospital via ambulance.

Police Inspector Misha shared that the earthquake has caused damages to the houses of Shumsher Pariyar of Besishahar-1, Deepak Baral, Nabin Baral, and Gore Chhetri of ward-3, Laxmi Adhikari, Tul Bahadur Adhikari and Tek Bahadur Adhikari of ward-6, Makaidanda and Basudev Khatry of Marsyangdi-3, Tarapu.

Also damaged were the houses of Tirtharaj Ghimire of Madhyanepal municipality-7 and Dhir Bahadur Rimal and Buddi Bahadur Rimal of Besishahar-6. Most of the houses damaged in the earthquake were made up of mud, stone and corrugated sheets, police informed. Additional details are yet to come, police said.