A strong earthquake rocked Nepal on Tuesday, just weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.
Tuesday’s tremor struck 68 kilometers west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest, Reuters reported, citing the US Geological Survey which put the magnitude at 7.4.
People in the capital Kathmandu rushed out on to the streets as the ground began to shake, according to witnesses.
“This is a really big one,” said Prakash Shilpakar, owner of a handicrafts shop in Kathmandu who was trying to call his parents in the town of Bhaktapur, devastated in the April 25 quake.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.
Residents in the Indian town of Siliguri, near the border with Nepal, said chunks of concrete fell off one or two buildings.
People in Kathmandu, panic-stricken after the April 25 quake, rushed outdoors, Reuters reporters said.
Parents could be seen clutching children tightly and hundreds of people were frantically trying to call relatives on their mobile phones. Shopkeepers closed their shops and the streets were jammed with people rushing to check on their families.
“I’m heading straight home,” said Bishal Rai, a man in his 20s, who said he was trying to contact his family in the north of the capital.
The quake’s epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by last month’s quake killed 18 climbers.
Mountaineers seeking to scale the world’s tallest peak have called off this year’s Everest season.
Last month’s quake killed at least 8,046 people and injured more than 17,800. It was recorded at 7.8 magnitude, almost four times stronger than Tuesday’s quake.
But a 7.4 magnitude earthquake has the potential to cause significant damage and landslides.
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.
The quake’s epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by the April 25 quake killed 18 climbers. Mountaineers seeking to scale the world’s tallest peak have called off this year’s Everest season.
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