Strong aftershocks shake Nepal

 

Kathmandu, May 12 (IANS) Two strong aftershocks shook Nepal on Tuesday.

 

The USGS said that the earthquake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was Kodari, northeast of capital Kathmandu. It had initially said that the quake measured 7.4 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was in Zham in China.

 

The epicentre was quite close to Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8,848 m.

 

Two aftershocks followed in quick succession after the main earthquake which struck at 12.40 (Nepal time).

 
The first aftershock measured 5.6 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was 25 km southeast of Kodari, Nepal. The second aftershock was considerably stronger and it measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. Its epicentre was 33 km from Ramechhap, Nepal.