At least 40 killed and hundreds injured in new powerful quake in Nepal

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At least 40 killed and hundreds injured in new powerful quake in Nepal

A strong earthquake shook Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 40 people in the region weeks after a devastating quake left more than 8,000 people dead and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.

The tremor reportedly lasted up to a couple of minutes and sent people running outside in the capital Kathmandu and elsewhere.

The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated the magnitude of the quake to be 7.3. The tremor struck 68 km west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest and not far from the border with Tibet.

A spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration told Reuters by telephone that several buildings had collapsed in Chautara, while a Nepalese Interior Ministry official says the new quake has killed at least 40 people and injured almost one thousand more.

The town east of Kathmandu had already suffered serious destruction in the earthquake in April.

Video: cars stream out of Kathmandu after latest earthquake on Tuesday

Shockwaves were felt in Bangladesh and across northern India as far as the capital New Delhi, where buildings swayed for more than a minute and people scurried into the streets.

According to a state official in the Indian state of Bihar, five people had also been killed there. One man was also killed by falling rocks in Chinese Tibet.

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.

Nepal has been hit by almost daily aftershocks since the disaster in April.

With Reuters