Monday, April 27, 2015
Earthquake Rocks Nepal
At approximately 2 a.m. EDT on April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Nepal, in an area between the capitol city of Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tremors and aftershocks were felt across the region in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.
Early estimates indicate that several thousand people have died in the earthquake, and thousands more have been injured. That estimate is expected to rise, as responders believe that many remain trapped in debris and tumbled buildings. About 6.2 million people live within 100 kilometers of the epicenter. A number of historic buildings have been destroyed, including the Dharahara Tower, with many feared trapped in its ruins. Damage to Kathmandu Airport could hinder full relief operations. Deaths have been reported from widespread tremors in the region, including in India and Bangladesh. Aftershocks are expected to continue to occur in affected areas. Read more at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy