Four major earthquakes struck Nepal and Afghanistan on Tuesday afternoon, over two weeks after a strong quake ripped apart Nepal leaving close to 8,000 dead.
Two quakes hit Nepal 18 km south of Kodari and 33km from Ramechhaap. Another two have also hit Afghanistan, 6km from Yangi Qal’ah and 48km from Farkhar.
The magnitude of the quakes that hit Nepal were 7.3 and 6.3 on the Richter scale respectively and Afghanistan was rocked by two temblors measuring 4.7 and 4.1 respectively.
Tremors were felt in several parts of India and one person reportedly died in Uttar Pradesh after a roof fell on him. Reports also suggest that four people have also died in Chautara, Nepal
Image courtesy: USGS; Map showing earthquakes in south-east Asia on May 12
Buildings have reportedly collapsed in Nepal, according to local media reports from the country.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has told the media that the ministry were looking for more details to emerge regarding the disaster and Prime Minister has been briefed on this issue.
News of an earthquake hitting Nepal again has come. Several parts of India also felt the tremors. MHA is collecting more details and info— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) May 12, 2015
Foreign and local journalists have been tweeting about the situation on ground:
Foreign media: pls don't post photos from last quake when writing about today's. I haven't seen any major damage in last hour of driving.— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) May 12, 2015
Chaos. Ground is still shaking #Nepalquake pic.twitter.com/u6HKJ4dmD0— Shiwani Neupane (@ShiwaniNeupane) May 12, 2015
Strong aftershocks continue in Chautara, Nepal, sending people running away from buildings that might collapse. #NepalEarthquake— Tino Kreutzer (@tinokreutzer) May 12, 2015
People bringing hurt loved ones into the Red Cross hospital in Chautara after the 7M+ aftershock #NepalQuake— Gisli Olafsson (@gislio) May 12, 2015
anthr powerful #earthquake in #kathmandu again. don't know the scale of devastation.am safe.arrived at army ground. pic.twitter.com/1gjb6wrpHw— Sagar Ghimire (@nepocean) May 12, 2015
Second shock followed by first was of 5.6 M with Kodari as epicentre. #NepalQuake— Pramod Bhagat (@pramodbhagat) May 12, 2015