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Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs says more than 150 people have died in the capital, Kathmandu, following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
Although a major plate boundary with a history of large-to-great sized earthquakes, large earthquakes on the Himalayan thrust are rare in the documented historical era. Just four events of M6 or larger have occurred within 250 km of the April 25, 2015 earthquake over the past century. One, a M 6.9 earthquake in August 1988, 240 km to the southeast of the April 25 event, caused close to 1500 fatalities. The largest, an M 8.0 event known as the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake, occurred in a similar location to the 1988 event. It severely damaged Kathmandu, and is thought to have caused around 10,600 fatalities.
A spokesman for the Nepali police, Kamal Singh Bam, said 449 people were confirmed dead, but he said that the number was expected to climb.
An official with Nepal's mountaineering department, Gyanendra Shretha, said the bodies of eight people had been recovered and an unknown number remain missing or injured.
originally posted by: texasgirl
You know, there were hundreds of pilot whales and dolphins that washed ashore Japan a couple weeks ago. I know it's not India but Japan is off Asia coast.
There has been a connection between this and earthquakes. Japan's citizens were very worried about another earthquake. Could this have been the one?
Hundreds of people have been killed after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Nepal causing extensive damage in the capital Kathmandu. At least 758 have been confirmed dead across the country following the strongest quake to hit Nepal in 80 years, according government officials. The quake toppled Kathmandu's iconic nine-storey Dharahara tower, with rescuers left scrambling to reach some 50 people reported to have been trapped under the rubble.
In the meantime darkness has fallen over Kathmandu. Due to the state of the roads the limited material available for Search and Rescue, the rescue operation will get into big difficulties until daylight. As seen on many pictures, almost all rescue efforts are done by bare hands. This is a VERY NEGATIVE outlook for the near future.