Massive earthquake in Nepal has killed 1300

Massive earthquake in Nepal has killed 1300

Massive earthquake rocks Nepal,

killing Everest climbers,

leveling historic buildings,

and killing more than 1,300 people

  • APR. 25, 2015, 6:06 AM
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RTX1A7M3Reuters/Navesh ChitrakarPeople work to rescue trapped people inside a temple in Bashantapur Durbar Square after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015.


massive earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, destroying parts of a major historic center, killing more than 1,300 people and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest that left at least 18 people dead, according to the Guardian.


The earthquake, measuring 7.8 magnitude, struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, causing buildings to collapse and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said.

The quake — the worst to hit Nepal in at least 80 years — killed hundreds in Nepal as well as at least 34 people in India, 12 in Tibet, and two in Bangladesh, according to the Associated Press

Mixed reports have emerged about the total death toll. CNN and the BBC have reported nearly 1,500 confirmed deaths, while other news outlets have put the figure closer to 1,100.

The Associated Press reports more than 1,300 people died.

An estimated 300,000 foreign tourists and trekkers were in Nepal when the earthquake struck, the Nepal tourism ministry told Reuters.

“Everywhere there are people on the streets, people crying, people stuck in rubble, people trying to help,” Kashish Das Shrestha, a photographer, told The New York Times. The quake caused severe damage to Vasanthapura Square, a site with temples that were built in the 11th century, he told the Times.

“Oh my God, the entire Vasansthapura is in rubble,” Shrestha told The Times.

"Everywhere there are people on the streets, people crying, people stuck in rubble."

— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 25, 2015

Hospitals are overflowing and more than half of the homes in Bhaktapur, Nepal, have been destroyed, according to the children’s charity Plan International. Kathmandu’s Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was completely damaged in the quake.

The US will send a disaster response team and an initial $1 million in aid to Nepal, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said in a tweet.

nepal earthquakeOmar Havana/GettyEmergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed on April 25, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Mountaineer Alex Gavan tweeted from Mount Pumori, about five miles west of Mount Everest, that "many, many" people were caught on the mountain.


Kathmandu's decrepit buildings, crisscrossed by narrow alleys, are home to large families. A 1934 quake of magnitude 8.3 in the impoverished Himalayan nation killed more than 8,500 people.

At the main hospital in Kathmandu, people with broken limbs were being rushed in for treatment. It was unclear how many people were injured.

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A girl died after a statue fell on her in a park in Kathmandu, a witness said, while another died in India when her house collapsed.

A historic tower built in the 19th century in Kathmandu collapsed, trapping at least 50 people, Nepal media reported. The Dharara Tower, built in 1832, had been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony on its eighth floor. One body was removed from the tower and a second lay further up the road, a Reuters witness said. 

ABC News Australia reporter Siobhan Heanue captured a particularly dramatic scene:

I took these photos an hour apart. Was wandering when quake demolished temples before my eyes. Heartbreaking.

— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) April 25, 2015


Utter devastation. Locals pitch in to clear rubble, search for survivors. #kathmanduearthquake

— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) April 25, 2015


A Reuters reporter in Kathmandu said he had seen some buildings collapse and walls of several houses reduced to rubble. “Everyone is out in the streets, people are rushing to the hospital,” the reporter said.

The city is home to ancient, wooden Hindu temples. Photographs posted online showed buildings left in rubble, large cracks along roads, and residents sitting in the street holding babies.

RTX1A7G9Reuters/Stringer TPXAn Indian security official stands near a collapsed house after an earthquake in Siliguri, India, April 25, 2015.


Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi and other cities in northern India, with reports of tremors lasting almost one minute.


"Massive tremors have been felt here in Delhi and several other parts of India," said a newsreader on NDTV in Delhi.

"You can see pictures of our Delhi studios, where the windows rattled and everything shook for a very long time, for a minute perhaps or longer," she said as footage showed studio ceiling camera lights shaking.

A police officer in the control room of neighboring Indian state of Bihar said the phone lines were jammed with callers from across the heavily populated state. "We don't know about the casualties, we are flooded with calls."

RTX1A77NReuters/Navesh ChitrakarPeople take refuge at a school after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015.



Nepal emerged in 2006 from a civil war between Maoists rebels and the state that left 17,000 dead. Nepal abolished its monarchy in 2008 and the Maoists laid down their arms.

(Reuters reporting by New Delhi and Kathmandu newsrooms; Reuters writing by Michael Perry; Reuters editing by Nick Macfie)



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