Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fresh Nepal Earthquake Kills Dozens, Triggers Panic

The earthquake story (along with the other birth pains we have been watching) is becoming prominent in the news again:

A fresh 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, killing more than two dozen people in the Himalayan country and neighboring states, as many buildings already weakened by a much bigger quake last month were brought down.
The earthquake was centered 68 kilometers (42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It could be felt as far away as northern India and Bangladesh.
Buildings swayed in New Delhi, sending office workers scurrying on to the streets. Residents in the Indian town of Siliguri, near the border with Nepal, said chunks of concrete fell off one or two buildings.
Nepal's home ministry said the death toll from the quake had reached 19, with 981 injured.
Five people were killed in Indian states bordering Nepal - one in Uttar Pradesh and four in Bihar, officials said, and Chinese media reported one person died in Tibet after rocks fell on a car.
Nepal is still picking up the pieces from the devastation caused by last month's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the country's worst in more than 80 years, which killed at least 8,046 people and injured more than 17,800. 
Hundreds of thousands of buildings, including many ancient sites, were destroyed and many more damaged.

A 7.4-magnitude quake has rocked Nepal, followed by two major aftershocks. At least 36 people have been killed in Nepal, and over a thousand injured. It comes weeks after another disastrous quake left over 8,000 people dead, affecting millions.
Two more people have been killed in India, according to Indian state officials.

Some 2 million people still need tents, drinking water, food and medicine.

The latest tremor struck near the base camp for Everest, and was felt across the country, including the capital, Kathmandu. Everest Base Camp was evacuated after an avalanche caused by the last quake killed 18 climbers. Mountaineers subsequently canceled this year's Everest season.

Shockwaves were also felt as far away as the Indian capital, New Delhi.
Subway services have been halted in India’s New Delhi and Calcutta following the latest quake.

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