Second major quake hits Nepal

A second major earthquake has hit Nepal  earlier today 12:35 local time (07:50 GMT).

BBC News reported the quake as follows:

A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, two weeks after more than 8,000 people were killed in a devastating quake.
The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest.
The US Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 7.4. An earthquake on 25 April, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8.
The latest tremor was felt as far away as the Indian capital Delhi, as well as Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Strong tremors were felt in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, which was badly damaged in last month’s earthquake.
“This is a really big one,” Prakash Shilpakar, the owner of a craft shop in Kathmandu, told the Reuters news agency.
Reports said people rushed from buildings in Kathmandu as the quake struck at 12:35 local time (07:50 GMT).
The epicentre of the latest earthquake was 83km (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, in a rural area close to the Chinese border.
It struck at a depth of 18.5km (11.5 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.

 

Further earthquakes had been predicted by geologists. As CAN learns more about this latest quake and the likely further devastating  impact on lives and communities, we will update this website.

This second major quake makes all the generous efforts of  donors and fundraisers supporting CAN’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal even more vital.

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