Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,100, some in Everest avalanche




 
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April 25th, 2015  
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Topic: Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,100, some in Everest avalanche


By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,100 people, touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu. There were reports of devastation in outlying, isolated mountainous areas after the midday quake of magnitude 7.9, Nepal's worst in 81 years, centered 50 miles (80 km) east of the second city, Pokhara. India was first to respond by sending in military aircraft with medical equipment and relief teams. A police official said the death toll in Nepal alone had reached 1,170, more than half of them in the Kathmandu Valley.




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