Major earthquake jolts Nepal

Major earthquake jolts Nepal

A new 7.3-magnitude earthquake and several powerful aftershocks shook Nepal on Tuesday killing at least 42 people and triggering panic in the Himalayan nation already devastated by a massive temblor less than three weeks back that had claimed over 8,000 lives.

Nepal’s Home Ministry while putting the death toll at 42 said another 1,117 people had been injured in the latest quake that hit hardest in remote mountain districts northeast of the country’s capital Kathmandu.

ANI earlier quoted Nepal Police’s spokesman Kamal Singh Bam as saying that four people were killed in Chautara town in Sindhupalchowk district and three others died in capital Kathmandu. He said that the number of deaths is likely to go up as they await news from other areas.

The epicentre of the strong earthquake that shook Nepal was close to Mount Everest. The epicentre was 68 km from Namche Bazar, northeast of Kathmandu. Reports further said that seven quakes were reported in quick successions in Nepal between 12:35 pm to 2 pm.

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