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Powerful Earthquake Hits Nepal Again

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KATHMANDU – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, less than three weeks after a quake devastated large areas of the Himalayan nation.

The earthquake Tuesday was centered in a remote area of eastern Nepal, near the border with China, at a depth of about 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles), the USGS said. It had initially estimated the magnitude at 7.4.

The magnitude 7.8 quake that hit Nepal on April 25 killed more than 8,000 people.

The epicenter of new earthquake was about 83 kilometers east of Kathmandu, the Nepali capital where many buildings were destroyed in the earlier quake.

“All the people are on the streets,” said Phurba Sherpa, a freelance journalist in Kathmandu. He said the quake felt “very big.”

Manesh Shrestha, a CNN producer, was with a group of people helping to clear debris in a town outside Kathmandu when the new quake struck.

He said it caused damaged houses to start to collapse. – CNN

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