news Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 05:30

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.

Foreign and local journalists have been tweeting about the situation on ground: 

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