A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal Saturday as the country was still recovering from previous earthquakes in recent weeks. The tremor occurred 15 miles north of Ramechhap, about 50 miles east of the capital of Kathmandu and south of Mount Everest, according to the United States Geological Survey. There was no immediate word on damages. “An aftershock of 5.7-intensity after three days of high-intensity earthquakes on May 12 measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale is rare in weather science,” A.K. Sen, a state meteorologist in Bihar, India, south of Nepal, told the Financial Express.
Sen said it’s rare for aftershocks of major quakes to top 4.0 in magnitude. The quake was felt in the northern Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh at about 5 p.m. local time. The earthquake follows the deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake from April 25 that killed over 8,200 people. Further activity, including a 7.3-magnitude earthquake, happened Tuesday, killing 117 people. Relief crews have also died amid the rescue efforts. MORE