The magnitude 7.3 quake struck a remote area of eastern Nepal, near China's border

By Wade Rouse
May 12, 2015 08:20 AM
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At least 36 people are reported dead and more than 1,000 injured as another powerful earthquake rocked Nepal on Tuesday, just two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated the region and killed more than 8,000.

The new quake, with a magnitude of 7.3, struck a remote area of eastern Nepal, near China’s border, roughly 75 miles from Kathmandu, the Nepali capital that was hit hard by the earlier quake, CNN reports.

CNN said at least 32 people are dead, while other news outlets including NBC said the number was 36. The new quake caused panic across the region.

“People are very scared and they don’t know what is going on,” said CNN iReporter Prashup Rajbhandari in Kathmandu, who believed the quake had cracked his house.

CNN and the U.S. Geological Survey also reported that a series of significant aftershocks followed the 7.3 quake, the strongest measuring magnitude 6.3.

Tuesday’s earthquake was centered about 50 miles from Mount Everest, where the April quake set off deadly avalanches.

People in Lukla, a town that serves as a gateway to the Everest region, rushed to the airport Tuesday to be in an open area as the town’s buildings are perched precariously on hilly ground.

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This story is still developing.