A Massive Earthquake Has Rocked Nepal

A devastating earthquake has struck Nepal, killing hundreds and creating an avalanche on Mount Everest. Early reports suggest that 926 people have died in four different countries, with numbers likely to spike in the coming days.


The earthquake had a 7.8 magnitude and is the largest one to hit Nepal in 80 years. Seismologist Paul Earle told the AP that, "This is a very large earthquake in a significantly populated region with infrastructure that has been damaged in past earthquakes. Significant fatalities are expected."

Early U.S. Geological Survey estimates a two-thirds likelihood of between 1,000 and 100,000 deaths and damage between $100 million and $10 billion.

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