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Nepal Earthquake: 7.9-Magnitude Tremor Hits Kathmandu, Everest

A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, destroying homes and ancient temples in capital Kathmandu and reportedly triggering at least one avalanche on Mount Everest.

 

Debris is strewn over an area affected by an earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

“A massive earthquake hit Everest. Base camp has been severely damaged.

A 21 year old student said “It was a sound like thunder,It lasted for more than a minute… it was really shaking shaking shaking.”

According to localities residents in neighborhood in Kathmandu had fled their homes after the initial earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks.

“They are terrified that the aftershocks may come again,and they are staying away from big walls, sitting in the middle of the road.”

Many buildings were destroyed in the center Old Kathmandu, including ancient temples and towers.

The U.S.G.S. revised up the size of the earthquake, which was felt in neighboring India and Pakistan, from an initial 7.5-magnitude estimate.

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Quick Update –

  • More than 1,000 people have been reported dead in Nepal.
  • Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister, Bamdev Gautam, has declared a state of emergency and appealed for humanitarian assistance across the region.
  • 18 climbers were found dead on Mount Everest after the tremor triggered an avalanche. Many more are trapped.
  • The total death toll has risen quickly throughout the day, and is now thought to include at least 634 in the Kathmandu Valley and 300 more in the capital.
  • 36 people have also been reported dead in India, 12 in China, 4 in Bangladesh and 6 in Tibet.
  • The quake caused dozens of buildings in Kathmandu to collapse, including the historic Dharahara Tower.
  • The city’s main hospital is overwhelmed by casualties and residents are facing a night on the streets with nowhere to go.
  • Indian prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi has ordered an immediate dispatch of relief and medical teams to Nepal, and the evacuation of Indian tourists.
  • UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond said the government was in close contact with Nepal, and the British Embassy is offering assistance to the authorities and British Nationals in the country.
  • Telecom major Airtel announced free calls to Nepal on its network over the next 48 hours, while state-run BSNL and MTNL decided to charge local rates for calls made to the Himalayan nation for the next three days.

 

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