A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal near its capital Kathmandu this morning. The tremors could be felt throughout the region as far away as India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. It is the most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal since 1934. The earthquake has also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest and could also lead to landslides in the region.
The Associated Press is confirming that at least 1,130 people are dead with other sources putting the number at over 1,500. That figure will likely rise dramatically over the next few days as bodies are recovered from the rubble. There has also been extensive damage to buildings and historical monuments in the area.
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