People walk past a collapsed building after a fresh 7.3 earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.The magnitude-7.3 quake – centered midway between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest – hit hardest in districts northeast of the capital. Nepal was left reeling by the previous quake.Tuesday's quake was deeper, however, coming from a depth of 18.5 kilometers versus the earlier one at 15 kilometers. The Tuesday quake was followed closely by at least 10 strong aftershocks, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.In Charikot, where at least 20 bodies were recovered, hotel owner Top Thapa said the quake was at least as strong as last month.New landslides blocked mountain roads in the district of Gorkha, one of the regions most damaged by the April 25 quake, while previously damaged buildings collapsed with the latest quake.
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