At about noon local time a magnitude 7.8 earthquake (USGS) hit Nepal, killing more than 1200 people (New York Times). The earthquake happened approximately 50 miles from Kathmandu, Nepal, the capital.
The quake was felt in neighboring countries, including India (NBC). According to NBC, this is the worst quake to hit Nepal in nearly a century.
The BBC stated earlier today that historic landmarks in Kathmandu have been destroyed by the massive quake, highlighting the destruction of the Dharahara Tower. The nine story tower was built in 1832 and had been recognized by UNESCO.
According to NBC correspondent Cassandra Vinograd’s Twitter account and other reports, a large avalanche was triggered on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak. According to CNN, at least 14 people have died due to the avalanche. Surrounding peaks were affected as well, and CNN says that it has been snowing since last night on the mountain.
As the death toll continues to rise, and the rescue teams continue to save people from the wreckage of Kathmandu and surrounding towns and cities, keep your eye on the news for important updates.
(Copyright Tys Sweeney 2015)
Twitter – https://twitter.com/CassVinograd
NY Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/world/asia/nepal-earthquake-katmandu.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=span-ab-top-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&gwh=93D62CA7EC3BE71A4D7D45B96113E1BD&gwt=pay&assetType=nyt_now