Another earthquake has hit Nepal, tumbling buildings and killing scores of people. The latest earthquake came late Tuesday afternoon, mere weeks after the April 25 earthquake killed more than 8,000.
The 7.3 magnitude quake hit an already traumatized nation as shock waves rippled from a remote area of eastern Nepal near the China border between Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu and Mt. Everest.
The latest tremor leveled buildings that were already damaged from the April 25 earthquake.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a 7.3 magnitude that struck at a depth of about 15 kilometers (9 miles) with a series of powerful aftershocks, one of which measured 6.3.
This latest quake took the country by surprise from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake only two-and-a-half weeks ago.
The epicenter of this new quake was approximately 75 kilometers east of Kathmandu. Paul Dillon, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration sais a search and rescue team had already begun sifting through the wreckage. He said several deaths have been reported in the town of Chautara.
Chautara has become a hub for humanitarian aid work in the wake of the last devastating earthquake. Dozens of aid workers are still based in the isolated village. The Red Cross in Norway messaged on Twitter that there were “many injured, several killed” and that their makeshift hospital tents already have patients.
The extent of the damage was not yet clear, however, tremors were felt across the region and into New Delhi, the capital of India.