Barely two weeks after an earthquake hit Nepal killing over 8,000 people and injuring over 18,000 others, another earthquake which had the magnitude of about 7.3 has hit the quake ridden Nepal again, causing the wary citizens to run out to the streets in the capital Kathmandu.
It was reported that the quake struck at about 12:35 local time 42 miles (68km) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest, destroying some of the buildings that had survived the last quake. It was followed closely by at least six strong aftershocks. Shock waves were felt as far away as the Indian capital, Delhi, and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
As rescue operations are still ongoing, the extent of the damage and the number of casualties is still unknown, but there reports of collapsed buildings, at least 32 people have been reported dead and over a thousand and two hundred others injured in the landslide in the town of Chautara in Sindhupalchok district, north of Kathmandu
There are concerns in Dolakha district that any more tremors would cause more damage to the already fragile state of the dam that is holding back the large glacial lake called Tso Rolpa. Meanwhile, two deaths have been recorded in Bhimeswhar of the same district. Speaking in a more general manner, The Nepalese home ministry said as at 11am GMT, at least 19 people had been killed and 981 injured across the country.
Geographers have surmised that Tuesday’s quake came from a depth of 11.5 miles, deeper than the 9.3 miles of the quake on 25 April. Deeper earthquakes tend to cause less damage at the surface. At 7.3 magnitude, Tuesday’s quake was about a fifth time as strong as April’s 7.8 quake.
At least half a million Nepalese were already destitute from the effects of the last quake and were trying to settle in back to their old lives and the ruins of what was left of the places they once called home. Witnesses described people screaming and running out of their makeshift homes to avoid being buried under the rubble.
We bring you photos from the devastation in Nepal because like we always say, it’s better seen than heard. But beware, some of these images are quite graphic.
Devastating Images From The Earthquakes:
Witnesses say they could hear people who were trapped inside collapsed buildings calling for help. Some were rescued but sadly, some others were not.
Rescue operation was swift in arriving to the scene of the quakes but not everyone could be saved.
Nepal mourns the many innocent lives lost in the devastation.
Some of the victims had to stay buried under rubbles for days on end before help could reach them.
The Dharahara Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Nepal and it was one of Kathmandu’s landmarks built by royal rulers as a watchtower in the 1800s and UNESCO recognized it as a historical monument. See how beautiful the tower was before the Quake