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Nepal hit by another strong earthquake of 7.4 magnitude

​Another strong earthquake shook Nepal earlier this afternoon (May 12), causing people to rush out on to the streets in Kathmandu.

The 7.4 - magnitude earthquake comes just two weeks after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal and killed more than 8,000 people. 

More than 100,000 homes were also destroyed by the 7.8-magnitude quake that happened on April 25.

The epicentre of the latest quake is said to be close to the border with China, according to the US Geological Survey.

It is said to have struck about 83km east of Kathmandu.

Shockwaves of this quake were felt across some parts of India, including the capital, New Delhi. Buildings in the city swayed for more than a minute, while people panicked and scurried into the streets (below).

The owner of a handicrafts shop in Kathmandu, Mr Prakash Shilpakar, who was trying to call his parents in the heavily devastated town of Bhaktapur, said: "This is a really big one".

A Red Cross worker also told NBC News that the tremors "scared the living daylights out of everybody".

Mr Mark South said: "From where I'm standing, I can't see any damage but just a lot of very frightened people."

There have also been reports of aftershocks, after the initial earthquake today.

 

 

 

 

Sources: NBC News, Reuters, Xinhua

 

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