Another Powerful Earthquake Strikes Nepal

May 12, 2015

A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, just over two weeks after a massive magnitude-7.8 quake killed more than 8,000 people.

The United States Geological Survey puts today’s quake as close to the capital, Kathmandu, as the one two weeks ago.

“We’re obviously hearing of buildings destroyed, buildings collapsed, buildings falling, we’re hearing about casualties, but the numbers are not known yet,” Jamie McGoldrick, Nepal resident coordinator for the United Nations Development Program, told The New York Times.

The epicenter of the quake was near the Chinese border, about 50 miles from Kathmandu.

The Associated Press and Reuters report that government officials say at least 19 people were killed and 981 were injured in the quake. News footage showed crowds of residents standing in the middle of the streets in Kathmandu after evacuating.

The Nepali Times posted pictures of buildings and homes that had collapsed.

Update at 7:46 a.m. ET. Parliament Runs:

Parliament was in session the moment the earthquake struck on Tuesday. It means that cameras were rolling and they captured the MPs leaving the building as the ground begins to shake:

Update at 7:06 a.m. ET. 19 Reportedly Dead:

At least 19 people were killed in Nepal and 981 were injured, home ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

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