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4/25/15

Nepal Earthquake

This is the USGS page link, here's a screenshot:



As well as the main 7.8mag event, there have been at least 15 aftershocks of 5.0 and over.

The death toll is already over 750, that will unfortunately and inevitably grow.

UPDATE: The Guardian is running a live update site here and has just stuck this summary of the events so far, as Nepal moves to evening. It's pretty grim stuff, I'm afraid:
  • More than 1,000 people have been reported dead after a huge 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal
  • The country’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 India, 12 in China, four in Bangladesh and six 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 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 the Nepal and the British Embassy in the country is offering assistance to the authorities and British Nationals.
UPDATE 2: Guardian rolling report link now here. It's getting updated regularly on early Sunday morning Europe time.