Another deadly earthquake hits stricken Nepal

  • Local residents gather inside their temporary makeshift shelter after a fresh 7.3 earthquake struck, in Bhaktapur, Nepal, May 12, 2015. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 people and spread panic in Nepal on Tuesday, bringing down buildings already weakened by a devastating tremor less than three weeks ago and unleashing landslides in Himalayan valleys near Mount Everest. The earthquake was centered 47 miles east of the capital in a hilly area close to the border with Tibet, according to coordinates provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. 
  • Nepalese man Beju Seth (L) stands next to other members of his family in a darkened street near their home as they get ready to spend the night out in the open in Kathmandu on May 13, 2015 in the wake of a second earthquake to strike the Himalayan nation. 
  • A patient is carried by Nepalese military personnel and volunteers back to the hospital after she was evacuated when an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. More than 20 people have been killed by the latest earthquake to hit the Himalayas, just 17 days after large parts of Nepal were levelled and more than 8,000 killed.
  • Nepalese men and women run for open space as a strong earthquake hits Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 12, 2015. The quake that hit on May 12, 2015 had a magnitude of 7.3, the United States Geological Society says, and was followed by several strong aftershocks.
  • Nepalese armed police force search for victims after a house collapsed in strong earthquake hits Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015.
  • Local residents comfort each other during an earthquake in central Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Causalities and injuries were reported after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the Himalayan nation on Tuesday, police said. The latest casualties came just weeks after a devastating quake, with a magnitude of 7.8, killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings.
  • A woman injured in an earthquake gets a stitch in a field hospital at Sankhu May 12, 2015. The earthquake was centered 68 kilometers (42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It could be felt as far away as northern India and Bangladesh. 
  • Rescuers help transfer injured people to a safe place in Gyirong, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, May 12, 2015. One woman was killed and two other people were injured in Tibet as China’s neighboring country of Nepal was jolted by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday afternoon. The three were all in a car which was battered by falling rocks.
  • Nepalese military personnel remove debris in search of survivors after a new 7.3 earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015.
  • A man stands on the debris of collapsed houses after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, in Sankhu May 12, 2015.
  • Nepalese rescue officials and a sniffer dog search for survivors at a collapsed house in Kathmandu, May 12, 2015, after an earthquake struck.
  • Rescue workers search for survivors at a collapsed building in Kathmandu May 12, 2015, after an earthquake struck.

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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 42 people and triggering renewed panic on the devastated streets of Kathmandu.

The temblor came less than three weeks after 8,000 people died when a 7.8-magnitude quake rocked the Himalayan country on April 25.

“It was completely unexpected,” 21-year-old nursing student Shristi Mainali told NBC News from Kathmandu. “At first we just felt like a shake, and we thought it was normal, we are having aftershock, but it didn’t stop, so we got up and rushed to our garden. We could see the ground moving, shaking … in that moment you cannot differentiate whether it’s the ground is shaking or it’s your legs shaking.”

David Chen, a 32-year-old who is from San Francisco, was at the ancient Changu Narayan outside Kathmandu when the quake hit.

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“There had been aftershocks but they had all been very quick, just a few seconds. But this one, it just seemed liked it would never stop,” said Chen, who was in Nepal helping map UNESCO world heritage sites as the director of engineering for San Francisco-based firm Skycatch. “It was really scary.”

Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Centre confirmed 42 deaths, with at least 1,117 others injured.

NBC News’ F. Brinley Bruton, Alexander Smith, Jason Cumming, David Wyllie, Lisa McNally and Amy Perrette, Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report. This text of this article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

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