A magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted Nepal destroying collapsed structures further and killing 29 people.
The epicenter was located at 68 km west of the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest, or 83 km east of Kathmandu, with a depth of only 15 km. The shaking lasted for 25 seconds and was felt as far as Delhi in India and Dhaka in Bangladesh. Shallow earthquakes tend to be more destructive.
People in Kathmandu were rushing out of buildings as the quake struck around noon. People started calling their relatives to check on them. Children were seen clutching tightly to their parents. Most shops closed immediately. Passengers in the Kathmandu airport were seen running towards an open space in the tarmac. Here’s a tweet by Channel News Asia correspondent, Jack Board.
— Jack Board (@JackBoard) May 12, 2015
Four casualties were immediately recorded in the town of Chuatara after some structured collapsed and a number of landslides were reported.
— IFRC (@Federation) May 12, 2015
A 6.3 magnitude aftershock followed 30 minutes later at Ramenchhap, east of Kathmandu.
This is the second strongest earthquake to hit Nepal this year.
Nepal was recently hit by 7.8 Magnitude earthquake two weeks ago, April 25. Death toll was reported to have reached 8,000.