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Nepal: Second huge earthquake forces Kathmandu's airport to close00:21

Nepal: Second huge earthquake forces Kathmandu's airport to close

Nepal, Kathmandu
May 12, 2015 at 09:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Nepalese authorities were forced to close Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport following a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit near Kodari, Tuesday. Currently, 19 people have been confirmed dead in Nepal and another four in India, with the death toll expected to rise in the coming days. The quake spread fear and panic across a country that is still struggling to deal with the devastation caused by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck on April 25 leaving more than 8,000 dead and over eight million people affected by the tragedy.

The epicentre of Tuesday's earthquake is believed to be roughly 50 miles east of Kathmandu, near to the boarder with China, and close to the Everest base camp. A number of aftershocks, some measuring a magnitude of 6.3, followed the initial quake and tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, India, where two people are believed to have been killed.

Response teams, already in the country following the previous earthquake, have been sent to some of the worst affected areas of Nepal, with rescue helicopters flying to the districts of Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha where it is believed many people may have been cut-off by landslides and collapsed buildings.

Nepal: Second huge earthquake forces Kathmandu's airport to close00:21
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Nepalese authorities were forced to close Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport following a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit near Kodari, Tuesday. Currently, 19 people have been confirmed dead in Nepal and another four in India, with the death toll expected to rise in the coming days. The quake spread fear and panic across a country that is still struggling to deal with the devastation caused by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck on April 25 leaving more than 8,000 dead and over eight million people affected by the tragedy.

The epicentre of Tuesday's earthquake is believed to be roughly 50 miles east of Kathmandu, near to the boarder with China, and close to the Everest base camp. A number of aftershocks, some measuring a magnitude of 6.3, followed the initial quake and tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, India, where two people are believed to have been killed.

Response teams, already in the country following the previous earthquake, have been sent to some of the worst affected areas of Nepal, with rescue helicopters flying to the districts of Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha where it is believed many people may have been cut-off by landslides and collapsed buildings.