Nepal Earthquake Again :Nepal has been hit by another strong earthquake, sending people in the capital Kathmandu rushing out on to the streets just weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.
The US Geological Survey initially said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and struck 68km west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest. The quake was upgraded to a magnitude of 7.4 minutes later. Shockwaves were felt as far away as the Indian capital New Delhi.
“This is a really big one,” said Prakash Shilpakar, the owner of a shop in Kathmandu who was trying to call his parents in the town of Bhaktapur, which was devastated in the 25 April quake.
Shockwaves were felt across northern India and as far away as the capital New Delhi, where buildings swayed for more than a minute and people scurried into the streets.
People in Kathmandu rushed outdoors, Reuters reporters said. There were no immediate reports of damage to buildings. Shopkeepers closed their shops.
The quake’s epicentre was close to Everest base camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by the 25 April quake killed 18 climbers. Mountaineers seeking to scale the world’s tallest peak have called off this year’s Everest season.
An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale had hit Nepal and many parts of North India with the impact being felt up in Delhi, West Bengal and Assam. The USGS has also reported about another quake with its epicentre in Afghanistan measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale.
On 26 April, a massive 7.9 magnitude had hit Nepal and many parts of North India with the Himalayan Kingdom suffering huge loss of life and property.
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