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The Latest on Nepal: Death toll rises to 19 in latest quake

Nepalese people gather in the middle of a road during an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Another major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest.(AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)

4:45 p.m. (1100 GMT)

A Nepalese government official says the death toll from Tuesday’s magnitude-7.3 earthquake has risen to at least 19.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal says the quake also left at least 981 people injured.

The earthquake hit a remote mountains region of Nepal early Tuesday afternoon, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.

— Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal

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3:30 p.m. (0945 GMT)

The magnitude-7.3 earthquake that struck Nepal on Tuesday was felt across the border in Tibet’s Jilong and Zhangmu regions, and was felt slightly in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

Jilong county government vice chief Wang Wenxiang was quoted as saying by China News Service that “rocks fell from the mountains” and that “there might be some houses collapsed or damaged. We are now checking on the condition of the people.”

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2:40 p.m. (0855 GMT)

An official with the International Organization for Migration says at least four people were killed and a number of buildings collapsed in the isolated town of Chautara after Nepal’s latest strong earthquake.

IOM spokesman Paul Dillon says a search and rescue team has already begun searching through the wreckage of the small town following Tuesday’s magnitude-7.3 quake.

Chautara has become a hub for humanitarian aid in the wake of the massive April 25 quake, with dozens of aid workers now based there to send help deeper into the countryside.

— Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal

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2:15 p.m. (0830 GMT)

Norway’s Red Cross says there were “many injured, several killed” in a strong earthquake that hit Nepal on Tuesday, less than three weeks after a massive quake struck the South Asian country.

The Norwegian Red Cross, which was helping people from the April 25 earthquake at a 60-bed hospital in Chautara in central Nepal, added in a Twitter posting that their hospital tents already had received patients.

— Jan Olsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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1:25 p.m. (0740 GMT)

Another major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital, Kathmandu, and Mount Everest.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Tuesday’s quake hit with a magnitude of 7.3 in an isolated area just after lunchtime.

It comes after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25 killed more than 8,150 people and injured over 17,860, flattening mountain villages and destroying buildings.

In Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, Tuesday’s quake sent people rushing outside of their homes into the streets. Police gave no immediate estimate on damage.

— Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal

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