Tremors, aftershocks, strike India and Nepal sparking fears of further deterioration

The United States Geological Survey said the tremor was 6.7 magnitude, less than the 7.9 quake that struck the region on Saturday killing at least 1,900 people.

April 26, 2015 11:29
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People sit with their belongings outside a damaged temple in Bashantapur Durbar Square after a major earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal April 25, 2015.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A strong earthquake aftershock struck India and Nepal on Sunday, shaking buildings in New Delhi and triggering an avalanche in the Himalayas.

The United States Geological Survey said the tremor was 6.7 in magnitude, less than the 7.9 quake that struck the region on Saturday killing at least 1,900 people.

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Saturday's initial disaster was, in itself, Nepal's strongest recorded earthquake since  the 1934 massive tectonic disaster that killed 8,500 people.

"Another one, we have an aftershock right now. Oh shit!" said Indian climber Arjun Vajpai over the phone from Makalu base camp near Everest. "Avalanche!" he shouted. Screams and the roar of crashing snow could be heard over the line as he spoke.

At Everest base camp, Romanian climber Alex Gavan tweeted that the aftershock had set off three avalanches.

"Horrible here in Camp 1 - avalanches on 3 sides," tweeted climber Daniel Mazur from an advance base on Everest.

The aftershock hit Nepal and the eastern part of the north Indian state of Bihar.

"There is no way one can forecast the intensity of aftershocks so people need to be alert for the next few days," said L.S. Rathore, chief of India's state-run weather office.

According to the Foreign Ministry over 250 Israelis in Nepal are currently unaccounted for, making it difficult to assess if there are any Israeli fatalities.

The Foreign Ministry has dispatched rescue teams to the hard-hit Himalayan state, where they will conduct search and rescue operations and open a field hospital.

Those in Kathmandu who have managed to establish some form of communications with government offices and loved ones have been collecting around the the Israeli embassy and the city's Chabad House, which has become an impromptu safe haven.

"We're distributing hot food and taking care of injured Israelis on the couches of the Chabad House," Chani Lipshitz told Maariv Hashavua's Dana Somberg.

The Foreign Ministry has opened a hotline – 02-5303155 – for those looking for friends and relatives. A public FaceBook page has also been created where people have posted pictures of Israelis who have yet to be located.

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