GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A new and powerful earthquake has rattled Nepal. This one hit near Kodari, a town considered a gateway for travel to Mount Everest and was a magnitude 7.3.

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USGS National Earthquake Information Center (file photo credit: CBS)

There were at least a half dozen other aftershocks in the hours around it, including one of a magnitude 6.3.

Dr. Harley Benz, scientist in-charge of the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden tells CBS4 it was an aftershock. Still, this new seismic event has killed at least dozens of people as it shook already weakened buildings and homes.

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Benz told CBS4’s Alan Gionet the earthquake was about a fifth the energy of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit three weeks ago. It has killed more than 8,000 and the number of dead is still rising.

Alan Gionet is anchor of the CBS4 Morning News and reports on a wide variety of issues and “Good Question” stories. He started at CBS4 in 1994. Follow Alan on Twitter @AlanGTV.

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