At least 14 dead after latest quake in Nepal

The US Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 7.4 and struck 68km west of Namche Bazar.

Stray dogs are everywhere in the wreckage. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

KATHMANDU - An estimated 14 people have died after another powerful earthquake rocked Nepal on Tuesday, sending people in the capital Kathmandu rushing out on to the streets weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, eyewitnesses said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.4 and struck 68 km west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest. Shockwaves were felt as far away as the Indian capital New Delhi.

People in Kathmandu, panic-stricken after the 25 April quake, rushed outdoors, Reuters reporters said.

Parents could be seen clutching children tightly and hundreds of people were frantically trying to call relatives on their mobile phones. Shopkeepers closed their shops and the streets were jammed with people rushing to check on their families.

"I'm heading straight home," said Bishal Rai, a man in his 20s, who said he was trying to contact his family in the north of the capital.

The quake's epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by last month's quake killed 18 climbers. Mountaineers seeking to scale the world's tallest peak have called off this year's Everest season.

Last month's quake killed at least 8,046 people and injured more than 17,800. It was recorded at 7.8 magnitude, almost four times stronger than Tuesday's quake.