Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes Nepal region

An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 has struck in Nepal, shaking houses in the Himalayan country and neighbouring India, authorities say, after a powerful earthquake earlier this week killed six people.

Strong tremors were felt in Nepal and in northern India, prompting residents to rush out of their homes, but there were no reports of casualties.

The epicentre of the earthquake was at Patadewal in Bajhang district, about 440km west of Kathmandu, according to the National Seismological Centre.

The quake was at a depth of 10km, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

"It rattled well, and people rushed out of homes. But we have not received any report of injuries and damage so far," Baburam Aryal, the most senior official of Bajhang district, told Reuters.