Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nepal hit anew by major earthquake near Mt. Everest

Nepal was once again struck by a major earthquake on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, two weeks after it was hit by a stronger quake that killed more than 8,000 people.

The latest magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the town of Namche Bazaar in eastern Nepal, near the famous Mount Everest. It was also felt in India and Bangladesh.

At least 4 people have reportedly been killed in the latest earthquake.

According to usgs.gov, "earthquakes of this size are more appropriately described as slip over a larger fault area. Events of the size of the May 12, 2015 earthquake are typically about 55x30 km in size (length x width). The April 25, 2015 M 7.8 mainshock had approximate dimensions of ~120x80 km, directed from its hypocenter eastwards, and towards Kathmandu. The May 12, 2015 earthquake is located just beyond the eastern end of that rupture."

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