A seismic event measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, today (22) at 7:39 am local time. The National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Centre identified the epicenter of the earthquake in Dhading district.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of casualties or injuries resulting from the quake. However, residents in various districts of Bagmati and Gandaki provinces also experienced the tremors.
Nepal, nestled within the convergence of the Tibetan and Indian tectonic plates, experiences frequent seismic activity. These plates are moving closer to each other by approximately two meters each century, and the consequent geological pressure often manifests as earthquakes, as noted by researchers.
Just six days earlier, on October 16, another earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter scale struck the Sudurpaschim province of Nepal.
Notably, in 2015, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks claimed the lives of approximately 9,000 people in Nepal.
Nepal ranks as the 11th most earthquake-prone country globally.