A 7.3 earthquake rocks Nepal for second major quake in less than 3 weeks

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL – Another big one at the top of the world. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Nepal, just weeks after a bigger one killed thousands.

This one struck about 50 miles east of Kathmandu, near the border with China. The one about three weeks ago was west of the capital and measured 7.8.

Officials say at least 50 people died in this latest earthquake, with more than 1,100 injured.

The Pentagon will wait until daylight to continue the search for a missing marine helicopter with six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers aboard. Aircraft in the area report hearing the pilot mention a “fuel problem.” The Pentagon does not believe the chopper crashed after dropping off supplies at one site and heading off to another.

Nepal’s parliament was in session, and cameras caught the quake and members of parliament scurrying out of the building.

The quake caused this powerful landslide, also caught on video by a Canadian Red Cross worker in a sparsely populated area just north of Kathmandu.

People as far away as New Delhi, India, felt the quake. That’s about 500 miles as the crow flies. The folks there were not in danger, but they still skedaddled out of their buildings and into the street, just to be safe.

More than 8,000 people died in the earlier quake that also injured nearly 18,000. More than 300 are still missing, and tens of thousands of people are homeless.

Some estimates say the first quake damaged more than 10 percent of Nepal’s houses, about 570,000.

A French magazine says Portugese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo donated nearly eight-million-dollars to the “save the children” quake relief efforts in Nepal.

The donation came after Ronaldo asked his 102 million Facebook followers to give.

After this week’s quake, it looks like the people of Nepal will need more help from the people of the world.

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