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Fresh Nepal earthquake kills dozens, triggers panic

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 01:07

A fresh 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits Nepal, killing more than two dozen people, as buildings weakened by last month's devastating quake are brought down. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The tremor hit at around 12:30 pm local time, sending panicked residents of Kathmandu rushing into the streets. The quake was centered near the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet, but could be felt as far away as northern India and Bangladesh. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VOLUNTEER SONY SOUTHEN SAYING: "I think it's a really big hit of earthquake, because the gate has also slanted, and every pole was moving like that, like they will fall again" People were seen frantically trying to reach relatives on their cell phones. Streets were jammed as people rushed home to check on their loved ones. Nepal's parliament was in session at the time. Politicians were forced to flee as the ground shook. Nepal's home ministry says at least 19 people were killed in this latest termor and nearly 1,000 others injured. But the U.N. says they -- quote -- "fear the worst". Many of the buildings that came down this time, had already been weakened by last month's quake, the worst in this Himalayan country in over 80 years.

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Fresh Nepal earthquake kills dozens, triggers panic

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 01:07