Moderate earthquake strikes near Mount Everest in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) " An earthquake with an epicenter near Mount Everest on Monday woke up people in Nepal, which is still recovering from last year's devastating tremors.

The United States Geological Survey said Monday's earthquake had a magnitude of 5.4.

Nepal's National Seismology Center said the epicenter was on the border between Ramechap and Solukhumbu districts, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital, Kathmandu.

Police said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damages, but since the quake was in the mountains with remote villages, it could take time for any reports to come in.

In Kathmandu, resident fled their houses after they were awoken by the pre-dawn earthquake. People ran out of their houses into the streets, but there were no disruptions in power or telephone services.

Nepal is still recovering from last year's earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and damaged nearly 1 million houses and buildings.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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