Nepal Hit by Another Earthquake of 7.4 Magnitude, Says U.S. Geological Survey

The major earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday, just two weeks after the country was devastated by the 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25 that killed more than 8,000 people.

The fresh 7.3-magnitude earthquake, which was followed by two aftershocks of magnitudes 6.3 and 5.6, struck around 12.30 pm local time, killing at least 42 people and leaving over 1,100 injured. The number of deaths is expected to certainly rise in the coming hours.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter was 76 km northeast of Kathmandu, close to the border with China. The tremors were also felt in the northern and eastern regions of India. The earthquake came from a depth of 11.5 miles, which is deeper than the 9.3 miles of the last month quake.

“From where I’m standing I can’t see any damage but just a lot of very frightened people,” Mark South, a worker at British Red Cross in Kathmandu, told NBC.

He added the temblors came following “a few relatively quiet days.” He continued: People were just starting to relax and get back to some sort of normality.”

A journalist Donatella Lorch, who lives in Nepal, told NBC News that the quake hit when she was at the fifth-floor terrace of a restaurant.

“Then it got worse, and worse, and everyone got up and started screaming and the tables were sliding on the side of the restaurant,” she said. “My husband grabbed me and he says, ‘We are on the top floor, we are not running down because it could collapse and we would be buried alive.”

“The minute it stopped we all ran down the stairs and there were hundreds of people lining the central main avenue in front of us,” Lorch added.

Another witness, Pallavi Dhakal, was also having a lunch when the quake struck.

The quake was also close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after the last month’s quake caused deaths of 18 climbers. The mountaneering companies called off the Everest season this year.

The scientists predict that new earthquakes in this seismically active area are still to come in the future. However, it is impossible to predict the exact location and time of the possible earthquake, as there are no signals from the Earth’s crust that can indicate when a quake will begin.

The authorities in Nepal ordered to shut down the Kathmandu airport after the earthquake caused panic in the capital.

The previous April 25 earthquake destroyed mountain villages and buildings, injuring at least 17,860 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

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