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New Quake Strikes Nepal

A frightening series of aftershocks has kept residents of Nepal on edge after the nation was devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25. CNN.com reports that more than 8,000 people were killed and nearly 18,000 were injured. But none of the aftershocks had the power of today's magnitude-7.3 quake, which was centered near Mount Everest.

It was felt with force 52 miles to the east in the country's capital, Kathmandu, which already suffered massive damage in the April earthquake. The latest shaker sent people seeking open spaces to avoid falling debris. Those in Lukla, near the epicenter of this most recent quake, rushed to the airport, which is surrounded by mountains.

"People are here because there is open space," Chungba Sherpa told CNN by telephone. "They are very scared."

The ground reportedly shook for 30 seconds as chaos and traffic clogged the streets while people ran for their lives.

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Orla Fagan, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, was on the second floor of a building in Kathmandu when the shaking began.

"It was very, very scary," Fagan told CNN. "The quake was so powerful you couldn't move if you wanted to."

She said people were out on the streets, too scared to go inside should another quake strike.

"I don't think anyone will be sleeping indoors tonight," Fagan said.

So far, the exact number of casualties is unknown.

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