KATHMANDU, Nepal — A major earthquake hit a remote region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 19
people, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation
was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.
the death toll to almost certainly rise.
Within a few hours, the government confirmed that 19 people were killed and at least 981 injured, Home
Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal said.
Rescue helicopters were sent to mountainous districts northeast of Kathmandu, where landslides and
buildings collapsed by the magnitude-7.3 quake may have left people buried, the government said. Dhakal
said the Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts were the hardest hit.
Rescuers fanned out to search for survivors in Sindhulpalchowk’s town of Chautara, where several
buildings collapsed. Chautara has become a hub for humanitarian aid after the magnitude-7.8 quake on
April 25 killed more than 8,150 people and injured more than 17,860 as it flattened mountain villages
and destroyed buildings. It was Nepal’s worst recorded earthquake since 1934.
Tuesday’s quake was deeper, however, coming from a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) versus the
earlier one at 15 kilometers (9.3 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.
The Tuesday quake was followed closely by at least six strong aftershocks, according to the U.S.
The international airport in Kathmandu, which has become a transport hub for international aid, was
closed briefly after Tuesday’s quake, while traffic snarled in the streets of the capital.
Early reports indicated at least two buildings had collapsed in Kathmandu, though at least one had been
unoccupied due to damage it sustained during the April 25 quake. Experts say the April 25 quake caused
extensive structural damage even in buildings that did not topple, and that many could be in danger of
"The shaking seemed to go on and on," Rose Foley, a UNICEF official based in Kathmandu, said
after the latest quake. "It felt like being on a boat in rough seas."
Aid agencies were struggling to get reports from outside of the capital.
"We’re thinking about children across the country, and who are already suffering. This could make
them even more vulnerable," Foley said.
Residents of the small town of Namche Bazaar, about 50 kilometers (35 miles) from the epicenter of the
latest quake and a well-known spot for high-altitude trekkers, said a couple of buildings damaged in the
earlier earthquake collapsed Tuesday. However, there were no reports of deaths or injuries in the town.
Meanwhile, new landslides blocked mountain roads in the district of Gorkha, one of the most damaged
regions after the April 25 quake.
"People are terribly scared. Everyone ran out in the streets because they are afraid of being inside
the houses," Norwegian Red Cross Secretary-General Asne Havnelid told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
At Kathmandu’s Norvic Hospital, patients and doctors rushed to the parking lot.
"I thought I was going to die this time," said Sulav Singh, who rushed with his daughter into a
street in the suburban neighborhood of Thapathali. "Things were just getting back to normal, and we
get this one."
Nepalese have been terrified by dozens of aftershocks that followed the April 25 quake. The impoverished
country has appealed for billions of dollars in aid from foreign nations, as well as medical experts to
treat the wounded and helicopters to ferry food and temporary shelters to hundreds of thousands left
homeless amid unseasonal rains.
Paul Dillon, a spokesman with the International Organization for Migration, said he saw a man in
Kathmandu who had apparently run from the shower with shampoo covering his head. "He was sitting on
the ground, crying," Dillon said.
Across the Nepalese border in Tibet’s Jilong and Zhangmu regions, the earth shook strongly. Tremors were
also felt slightly in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.
"Rocks fell from the mountains," Jilong county government vice chief Wang Wenxiang was quoted
as saying by China News Service. "There might be some houses collapsed or damaged. We are now
checking on the condition of the people."
Daigle reported from New Delhi. Associated Press writers Tim Sullivan in New Delhi, Ian Mader in Beijing
and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.
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