The worst recorded earthquake to hit Nepal since the 8.0 that rocked the nation in 1934 killing more than 10,000 people has struck the area at 11.56 am local time, Saturday, April 25. The magnitude 7.8 quake violently shook houses and structures to the point of collapse, heaved up roads and destroyed centuries old monument and temples. By day three, authorities confirmed over 4,000 people were dead in the nation that is set in the Himalayas, with another 50 deaths confirmed between India, Tibet and Bangladesh. These numbers are feared to climb throughout the region as rescue efforts continue.
The epicenter was recorded less than 50 miles from the nation’s capital of Kathmandu and radiated out across the region, affecting large areas of northern India more than 200 miles away, China, where 12 were killed and causing an avalanche on Mt. Everest, killing at least 10. Occurring at a mere 9.3 mile depth, the shallow quake was more severe and devastating than if it were deeper. Less than a half hour after the initial quake, a magnitude 6.6 aftershock again shook the already devastated area. The U.S. Geological Survey has reported at least 15 more aftershocks registering at least 4.5 in magnitude have also occurred in the area since.
Fearing the instability of structures still standing, residents of Kathmandu, were setting up makeshift beds and shelters outside their homes on cardboard or in their cars as night fell reported Ricardo Tosto in Nepal. The area is experiencing cool daytime temperatures in the 60s and nighttime temperatures going as low as 53˚ with rain, making it even harder on survivors and rescuers.