A new catastrophic earthquake has hit Nepal earlier today, just two weeks after a similar event ravaged the country and left thousands of victims in its wake. This second earthquake reportedly had a magnitude of 7.3 and hit close to the town of Namche Bazaar, which is located east of the capital of Katmandu and south-west of mount Everest. By comparison, the previous earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 at its epicenter when it hit west of Katmandu on April 25th. Shortly after the initial wave, this new earthquake also caused a big aftershock of 6.3 magnitude which caused a lot of damage in and of itself.
It’s a bit unusual to see two major earthquakes hit so close to each other in such a short amount of time, but at least the damage seems to be less extensive than it was the first time around. The April 25th earthquake killed around 8,000 people, wounded at least several thousands and left many more without homes. The tragic event seems to have been much more devastating when compared to this new one as the most recent earthquake to hit Nepal only killed 16 people and injured close to one thousand as of this writing. However, with new reports coming in at a constant rate the death toll is expected to rise in the coming hours and days.
According to a BBC reporter who was in Nepal’s mountains when the disaster happened, the earthquake lasted for an unusual amount of time and could be felt from a very long distance. “The earth shook and it shook for a pretty long time,” Yogita Limaye said. “I can completely understand the sense of panic. We have been seeing tremors: it’s been two-and-a-half weeks since the first quake. But this one really felt like it went on for a really long time. People have been terrified.”