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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 18:44
UPDATE: Slight damage to SL Embassy in Nepal
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The Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that no Sri Lankan living in Nepal has been affected due to the earthquake that hit the country today.

The initial reports reached the country stated Sri Lankan embassy in Katmandu were affected due to the earthquake today.

Rejecting such news reports, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera told our news team that no Sri Lankan has been affected.

The 7.3 Richter scale earthquakes hit Nepal at 12.35 this afternoon.  The American Geological Research Institute confirmed the epicenter is located at Namche Bazzar, a small town near the Everest Mountain.

The major earthquake was followed by another three aftershocks of the magnitudes of 5.4, 6.2 and 4.8 respectively, and the epicenters of all of the three were found near the Everest.

Agency news reported that the tremor of this massive earthquake was felt in far off areas in India including capital New Delhi and in Bangladesh as well.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Airlines flight which carried 17 tons of relief goods and medicine for the affected in the previous earthquake in Nepal returned to the island last night.

The 142 Sri Lankan army personnel who engaged in rescue and relief work in Nepal after the April 25th earthquake returned home in this flight.

The Army media spokesman said that no Sri Lankan relief worker is deployed in Nepal at the moment.

Expect news in detail about the earthquake that hit east of the north east of Nepal on our foreign news bulletin.













Update: Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 07:37 PM
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Nepal earthquake, magnitude 7.3, strikes near Everest


A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 died in a devastating quake.

According to aid agencies, at least four people have been killed and an unknown number injured.

The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest.

The US Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 7.3. An earthquake on 25th April, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8.

The latest tremor was felt in northern India and Bangladesh.

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