A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit western Nepal on Wednesday morning local time, killing at least six people, according to local officials.
The epicenter of the quake was in Seti Zone, at a depth of 15.7 kilometers (9.7 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was 21 kilometers east of Dipayal, a municipality of Nepal’s far western Doti district, the USGS said.
At least six people have died and five are injured in the Purbichauki rural municipality of Doti district, police deputy superintendent Bhola Bhatta told CNN.
Three houses were completely destroyed in the earthquake, he said, adding that a search and rescue operation was underway.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed condolences Wednesday on Twitter to the families of those killed.