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Spotty Storms to Disrupt Nepal Earthquake Cleanup Occasionally

Recovery and cleanup crews will once again have to contend with spotty thunderstorms in the wake of the most recent earthquake to strike Nepal.

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, just weeks after an even stronger earthquake devastated large areas of the country.

The epicenter of Tuesday's earthquake was located 76 km (47 miles) east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Associated Press reports that at least 79 people were killed with 2,300 more injured in Tuesday's earthquake, which the USGS stated was the largest aftershock to date of the 7.8-magnitude April 25, 2015, Nepal earthquake.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed more than 8,150 lives and flattened entire villages.

Tuesday's earthquake hit deeply rural parts of the Himalayan foothills the hardest, according to the Associated Press. Some of the 14 earthquake-hit districts are barely accessible. Damaged roads are preventing rescue crews from easily reaching a large part of the affected population.

While searching for more survivors and working to clean up the devastation left in the wake of both earthquakes, crews will also have to contend with occasional thunderstorms on a daily basis.

The thunderstorms will be spotty in nature, providing welcome and much needed dry stretches. Some communities will escape a thunderstorm all together one day, but activity will be around Nepal daily.

According to Meteorologist Adam Douty, the thunderstorms will erupt in the mountains each afternoon and drift to the lower elevations, such as Kathmandu, late in the day and evening. Each day will start with haze reducing visibility in the lower elevations.

Enough cold air will be in place for snow to fall on Mt. Everest and the other higher elevations that are above permanent settlements. Tuesday's earthquake hit closer to Mount Everest than the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25.

"The thunderstorm activity will be a bit more active this weekend than later in the week but will not bring significant impacts to recovery efforts," Douty continued.

Any thunderstorm into this weekend will mainly create a nuisance for cleanup and recovery efforts by leading to delays. Residents living in tents in the wake of the earthquakes will have to find more adequate shelter to protect themselves against lightning.