A second major earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday just weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated the Himalayan country.
The center of quake was located in an isolated, conservation area 11 miles from Kodari, the border crossing from Nepal to Tibet, and 47 miles from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGC).
The USGC initially recorded it as a magnitude 7.4 earthquake, later revising the figure to magnitude 7.3.
People in Kathmandu rushed onto the streets as the quake hit but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the city. People in parts of northern India also reported feeling a tremor.
Patients were carried out of a hospital building in Kathmandu as the earthquake hit.
Nepalese authorities ordered the closure of Kathmandu airport today after the earthquake sparked panic in the capital.
The quake’s epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by the quake last month killed 18 climbers.
Mountaineers seeking to scale the world’s tallest peak have called off this year’s Everest season.
It was also not immediately clear how much additional damage has been caused.
Paul Dillon, a spokesman for International Organization for Migration, told the Associated Press that at least four people were killed after buildings collapsed in the town of Chautara, approximately 25 miles northeast of Kathmandu.
The quake on April 25 destroyed thousands of homes in Nepal and over 8,150 people lost their lives.
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Save the Children said its teams on the ground were assessing the impact of the second quake on already damaged buildings.
“It’s a terrifying time for the hundreds of thousands of children and families who lost everything in the 25 April quake,” the charity said.