Less than three weeks after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, leaving more than eight thousand dead and millions homeless, a temblor registering 7.3 on the Richter scale has hit the mountainous nation, the reports.
According to the , more than forty deaths and over eleven hundred injuries had been reported by late afternoon Tuesday. Jasmine Avgerakis, an emergency response manager for who arrived in Chautara just hours before the quake struck, said rescue workers were bringing injured people on stretchers to a tent hospital the had set up in an open field after the April 25 quake. Avgerakis told the Times that residents loaded with blankets streamed onto the field. "I don't think anybody's going to be sleeping in their homes tonight," she added.
At least two buildings had collapsed in Kathmandu, the reports, although one had been unoccupied due to damage it sustained during the earlier quake. Experts told the AP that the April quake caused extensive structural damage to buildings throughout the region and that many could be in danger of future collapse.
Ian Norton, foreign medical team coordinator for the , told the New York Times that people in many parts of Nepal had been salvaging things from their homes after the April quake and could have been injured on Tuesday. "We are still very worried by the magnitude, and the precarious buildings," Norton said. "We are in the injury management phase right now. We are now expecting that people in smaller houses in the districts will start to come forward with their injuries."