A 7.3-magnitude quake has rocked Nepal, followed by two major aftershocks. At least four people have been killed in Nepal.
This quake comes weeks after another disastrous quake left over 8,000 people dead, affecting millions.
The latest tremor struck near the base camp for Everest, and was felt across the country, including the capital, Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp was evacuated after an avalanche caused by the last quake killed 18 climbers. Mountaineers subsequently canceled this year’s Everest season.
Update: At least 68 people reported dead in Tuesdays quake. 17 were killed in India after rooftops or walls collapsed onto them, according to the country’s Home Ministry. Chinese media reported one death in Tibet.
The latest earthquake in Nepal triggered a landslide in Dhunche near the country’s border with China.
A U.S. military helicopter “was declared missing“ Tuesday while in Nepal to support earthquake relief efforts there, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Sims said. The UH-1 Huey Marine helicopter had as many as eight people on board at the time.
The BBC report:
The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest.
The US Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 7.3. An earthquake on 25 April, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8.
The latest tremor was also felt in northern India and Bangladesh.
In the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, which was badly damaged last month, people rushed out of buildings as the quake struck at 12:35 local time (07:50 GMT).
At the scene: Simon Cox, BBC, Kathmandu
You could feel it really strongly. It went on for about 25 seconds – the ground was shaking, the birds started squawking, you could feel the buildings shaking.
There was another aftershock and people were all out on the street. That aftershock really added anxiety and panic. People started crying.
They are calm but you can tell they are all scared.
The BBC’s Yogita Limaye, who was in Nepal’s mountains when the latest earthquake struck, tweeted: “We’re safe. Did feel the earth shake for quite a long time. Saw dust and stones flying off mountain near by.”
She told BBC World News: “The earth shook and it shook for a pretty long time.
“I can completely understand the sense of panic. We have been seeing tremors: it’s been two-and-a-half weeks since the first quake. But this one really felt like it went on for a really long time. People have been terrified.