Another powerful earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday. At least 35 were killed and more than 1,000 injuries were reported. This came less three weeks after a devastating tremor killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal.
The United States Geological Survey stated the quake was of 7.3 magnitude and placed its epicenter nearly 50 miles east of Kathmandu near the China border. The tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi and caused several buildings that were damaged from the previous April 25 quake to sway and collapse.
As buildings crashed around them, residents scrambled for their lives. Marc Sarrado, 41-year-old Spanish filmmaker who was in Nuwakot Valley at the time of the quake, said that silence filled the air in the first seconds of the tremor. But by the fifth second, “everybody started to scream.” He added that the screaming continued after the shakes subsided, and everyone panicked “because they knew what it was.”
Nepal resident coordinator for the United Nations Jamie McGoldrick said “we are hearing of buildings destroyed,” collapsed, falling, and hearing of casualties. He added that the number of casualties is “not known yet” and that rescue teams in Kathmandu and had not been asked to depart.
By late afternoon, 1,117 injuries and 42 deaths had been reported by the National Emergency Operation Center in Nepal, according to NY Times. So no, there were not as many injuries and deaths this time. But that doesn’t mean the quake was any less dangerous, or scary.
Though Kathmandu was hit extremely hard, it wasn’t necessarily hit the hardest. Villages on the outskirts of the capital experienced frightening landslides, just as people did during the last quake. And where snow was still on the ground, avalanches occurred. Several villages and base camps suffered damages.
And Nepal was not the only place to feel the effects of the tremor. According to CNN, three people died in India’s Bihar state after a wall collapsed. Indian Defense Ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar tweeted that Indian troops are helping those impacted in Nepal and in their country, of course.
Nepal has been through a serious earthquake nightmare these past few weeks, and unfortunately, it may not be over. The fact that another big quake hit so soon after the disastrous one last month is cause for worry in Nepal. This proves that another tremor, whether it be big or small, could send Nepal into panic yet again.
Dhruba Prasad Ghimire, an aid worker who was distributing food in a village west of Kathmandu, said that “People will be frightened.” And it seems they will stay that way.