7.8 Quake Hits Nepal: FIRST PICTURES

7.8 Quake Hits Nepal: FIRST PICTURES

A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck Nepal near the capital Kathmandu today, killing over 800 people there as well as dozens in three neighboring countries as it leveled houses and temples and triggered avalanches on Mount Everest at the peak of the climbing season there. 

Authorities feared the death toll was likely to go up — perhaps dramatically — as more information comes in from remote and isolated parts of the region. The Associated Press says that the earthquake “shook several cities across northern India, and was felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh.” Kathmandu’s international airport was shut down following the temblor, the news agency says.

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