Another major quake hits Nepal, epicenter near China border

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The Associated Press

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Another major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit with a magnitude of 7.4 in an isolated, conservation area just after lunch Tuesday.

It comes after an earthquake on April 25 killed more than 8,150 people and injured more than 17,860 as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings.

Tuesday’s quake was deeper, however, coming from a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) versus the April 25th quake that hit 15 kilometers (9.3 miles). More shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage at the surface.

In the capital of Kathmandu, the quake sent Nepalese people rushing outside of their homes into the streets. Police gave no immediate estimates of damage.

Strong shaking was also felt across northern India. In the Indian capital of New Delhi, people scrambled outdoors while buildings swayed.