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Nepal rocked by 7.4 magnitude earthquake near Chinese border

Nepalese people stand in the streets as a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits the country in Kathmandu on Tuesday.PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

Nepalese people stand in the streets as a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits the country in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest less than three weeks after the country was devastated by a quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit with a magnitude of 7.3 in an isolated, conservation area just after lunch Tuesday.

It comes after an earthquake on April 25 killed more than 8,150 people and injured more than 17,860 as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings.

Tuesday’s quake was deeper, however, coming from a depth of 11.5 miles versus the April 25th quake that hit 9.3 miles. More shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage at the surface.

It was followed closely by two aftershocks — measuring magnitude 5.6 and 6.3 — within 30 minutes.

“The shaking seemed to go on and on,” said Rose Foley, a UNICEF official based in Kathmandu. “It felt like being on a boat in rough seas.”

Aid agencies were still struggling Tuesday afternoon to get reports from outside of the capital.

“We’re thinking about children across the country, and who are already suffering. This could make them even more vulnerable,” Foley said.

In the capital of Kathmandu, the quake sent people rushing outside of their homes. Police gave no immediate estimates of damage.

Norway’s Red Cross, which was helping people from the April 25 earthquake at a 60-bed hospital in Chautara in central Nepal, said on Twitter in Norwegian that there were “many injured, several killed” and added that their hospital tents already has gotten patients.

At the Norvic Hospital in Kathmandu, patients and doctors rushed to the parking lot.

Tjhe latest earthquake to strike Nepal comes more than two weeks after the April 25 earthquake in Sankhu on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

Tjhe latest earthquake to strike Nepal comes more than two weeks after the April 25 earthquake in Sankhu on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese earthquake survivors carry usable belongings as they walk at a devastated area in Sankhu, Nepal on Monday.

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  • Local residents walk past collapsed houses after the April 25 earthquake in Sankhu on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
  • epa04742732 Nepalese earthquake survivors carry usable belongings as they walk at a devastated area in Sankhu, Nepal, 11 May 2015. The confirmed nationwide death toll had reached 8,046 with nearly 18,000 people reported injured. The tolls were expected to rise because many villages buried during the quake in remote districts have not yet been reached by search teams. EPA/MAST IRHAM

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“I thought I was going to die this time,” said Sulav Singh, who rushed with his daughter into the street in the suburban neighborhood of Thapathali. “Things were just getting back to normal, and we get this one.”

Strong shaking was also felt across northern India. In the Indian capital of New Delhi, people scrambled outdoors while buildings swayed.

Nepalese have been terrified by dozens of aftershocks that hit the country in the days following the April 25 quake. Meanwhile, the impoverished country has appealed for billions of dollars in aid from foreign nations, as well as medical experts to treat the wounded and helicopters to ferry food and temporary shelters to hundreds of thousands left homeless amid unseasonal rains and unreachable with landslides blocking many mountain roads.

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