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Death toll in Nepal’s new earthquake reaches 26 people — media

May 12, 2015, 14:56 UTC+3 NEW DELHI
The epicenter of the earthquake lay 80 kilometers to the east of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu at the depth of 18 kilometers
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NEW DELHI, May 12. /TASS/. The death toll in today’s magnitude 7.4 earthquake in Nepal has reached 36 people, National Emergency Operation Center said on Tuesday.

"According to the latest data, 36 people died, 1,117 people were injured," the center wrote on its official Twitter microblog page.

Tremors were felt in India, and metro in New Delhi and Kolkata suspended operations. Press Trust of India news agency reported that 10 people died in the western Indian state of Bihar, where several buildings collapsed as a result of an earthquake.

Indian Meteorological Department registered a magnitude 7.1 earthquake at 12.35 local time earlier on Tuesday, followed by two aftershocks of magnitude 5.4 and 6.2. The epicenter of the earthquake lay 80 kilometers to the east of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu at the depth of 18 kilometers. US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at 7.4.

This is not the first powerful earthquake that strikes the South Asian nation. On April 25, the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the South Asian nation. Around 90 aftershocks were registered after it, with the strongest one measuring up to 6.9.

According to the latest data, the death toll of the disaster has exceeded 8,400 people, while more than 17,000 others were injured. More than 300,000 houses were destroyed in the disaster, while 254,000 more were seriously damaged.

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