Aftershock measuring 6.9 hits Nepal
KATHMANDU – A powerful, magnitude 6.7 aftershock has shaken the Kathmandu area of Nepal a day after the massive earthquake devastated the region, sending people yelling and running for open ground.
“Another one, we have an aftershock right now, oh shit,” Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai told Reuters by telephone from advanced base camp on Mount Makalu, 20 km (12 miles) from Everest.Screams and the sound of an avalanche could be heard over the phone line Vajpai was speaking on. At Everest base camp, Romanian climber Alex Gavan tweeted that the aftershock had set off three avalanches.
The US Geological Survey says the aftershock on Sunday registered at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Fresh tremors are being felt in cities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. According to the MET, the aftershocks can continue for the next two months, reported CNN IBN.
Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala urged people to donate blood as rescue operation continue.
Krishna Prasad Dhakal, deputy chief of mission at Nepal’s embassy in New Delhi said Nepal was counting on search-and-rescue help from the US, India, China, Singapore and elsewhere.
Over 30 aftershocks have been recorded until Sunday morning of varying magnitudes – mostly from 4.1 to 6.6.
NOTE: This article originally appeared on http://www.firstpost.com/