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Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,300, some in Everest avalancheSat, 25 Apr 2015 18:05

Collapsed building is pictured after an earthquake hit, in KathmanduBy Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,300 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 spokesman said the death toll in Nepal alone had reached 1,341, about half of them in the Kathmandu Valley.



1,200 killed in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on EverestSat, 25 Apr 2015 17:52

People clear rubble in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015A massive earthquake killed more than 1,200 people Saturday as it tore through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche at Everest base camp. Officials said at least 1,170 people are known to have died in Nepal, making it the quake-prone Himalayan nation's worst disaster in more than 80 years. "The death toll has reached 1,170," Nepal police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told AFP, adding that rescue efforts were still underway. Offers of help poured in from governments around the world, with the United States and the European Union announcing they were sending in disaster response teams.



Nepal earthquake toll rises to 1,341: policeSat, 25 Apr 2015 17:46

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The death toll in Nepal from a severe earthquake on Saturday has risen to 1,341, a police spokesman said. Of the total, more than 630 were reported dead in the Kathmandu Valley and at least 300 more in the capital. (Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Mike Collett-White)

Deadliest earthquakes of the past 30 yearsSat, 25 Apr 2015 17:42

People clear rubble in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015Kathmandu (AFP) - At least 1,170 people are known to have died in Nepal, officials say, after a powerful 7.8 magnitude quake rocked the country on Saturday. Below is a list of some of the world's deadliest earthquakes in the past 30 years.



Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shakenSat, 25 Apr 2015 17:34

Rescuers clear the debris at Durbar Sqaure after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.



10 dead, more missing in quake-triggered Everest avalancheSat, 25 Apr 2015 17:31

In this photo provided by Azim Afif a man approaches the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal swept across Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and leaving an unknown number of people injured and missing, officials said.



Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quakeSat, 25 Apr 2015 17:06

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)LONDON (AP) — World leaders and global charities offered condolences and emergency aid to Nepal following the earthquake Saturday while grappling to understand the scope of the disaster.



PHOTOS: Nepal earthquake: Inside the aftermathSat, 25 Apr 2015 17:04

PHOTOS: Nepal earthquake: Inside the aftermathA look inside areas devastated by the powerful quake that struck Saturday, killing more than 1,000 people and leveling homes, temples and triggered avalanches



Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,100, some in Everest avalancheSat, 25 Apr 2015 16:56

Collapsed building is pictured after an earthquake hit, in KathmanduBy 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.



Powerful earthquake strikes Nepal: Things to KnowSat, 25 Apr 2015 16:45

Map locates recent earthquakes and includes a map of plate tectonics; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;A powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.



Nepal quake: Hundreds dead, history crumbled, Everest shakenSat, 25 Apr 2015 16:45

Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shakenA powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 926 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.



Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killedSat, 25 Apr 2015 15:37

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a huge earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the mountain at the start of the main climbing season. Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said that the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp. He said two tents at the camp had been filled with the injured.Ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck.April is one of the most popular times to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 foot) peak, the world's highest, before rain and clouds cloak it the end of May. Almost exactly a year ago, an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides in what had been the single deadliest day on the mountain.

Historic tower collapses in Kathmandu after quakeSat, 25 Apr 2015 10:05

A historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the Nepali capital Kathmandu following a severe earthquake on Saturday and at least one body was removed as police cordoned off the area, a Reuters witness said. The Dharara Tower, built in 1832, was a historic landmark that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony on its eighth floor.

Kathmandu hospital says 36 bodies counted so far from quakeSat, 25 Apr 2015 10:05

(Reuters) - Kathmandu's main civil hospital said 36 bodies had been counted so far after a 7.9 earthquake hit the impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal on Saturday. Nepal's Kantipur TV showed at least 21 bodies lined up on the ground The shallow quake struck west Kathmandu, causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. (Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Nick Macfie)

At least two dead after Nepal quakeSat, 25 Apr 2015 08:53

At least two people were killed on Saturday when an earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal and parts of northern India, authorities in both countries said. A 15-year-old girl was killed in northern India after the earthquake brought down the wall of her home in a village near the border with Nepal. Another girl was killed by a falling statue in a town outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu, according to Nepal's state radio.

Winds, Lightning, Flash Floods, HailSat, 25 Apr 2015 01:58

It was a night that had it all. While under a Tornado Watch, a powerful line of severe thunderstorms pushed right over the Metroplex between 6pm and 7:30pm.

Weather: Freeze Warnings And Frost Advisories Posted For Second Night In A Row Across The Delaware ValleyFri, 24 Apr 2015 22:52


Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drillingThu, 23 Apr 2015 21:51

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo, maintenance workers inspect the damage to one of the spires on Benedictine Hall at St. Gregory's University following a magnitude-5.0 earthquake in Shawnee, Okla. A government report released Thursday, April 23, 2015 found that a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S.



Scientists: Over 143M Americans live in quake-prone areasWed, 22 Apr 2015 20:30

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 1994 file photo, the covered body of Los Angeles Police Officer Clarence Wayne Dean, 46, lies near his motorcycle which plunged off the State Highway 14 overpass that collapsed onto Interstate 5, after a magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey said more than 143 million people in the continental U.S. live in an earthquake zone and are exposed to potentially damaging ground shaking. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.



Oklahoma scientists say earthquakes linked to oil and gas workTue, 21 Apr 2015 23:26

Oklahoma geologists have documented strong links between increased seismic activity in the state and the injection into the ground of wastewater from oil and gas production, a state agency said on Tuesday. Oklahoma is recording 2-1/2 earthquakes daily of a magnitude 3 or greater, a seismicity rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008, the report by the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) said. It is "very likely that the majority of the earthquakes" are triggered by wastewater injection activities tied to the oil and gas industry, the OGS said. Prior to 2008, Oklahoma averaged less than two a year.

Tornado Alert in Central US: The Science of Severe StormsWed, 08 Apr 2015 23:53

Tornado Alert in Central US: The Science of Severe StormsA wide swath of the central United States is at risk of thunderstorms and possible tornadoes over the next couple of days, according to the National Weather Service. Greg Cardin, a warning co-ordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center, warned that the complexity of the current forecast means predictions could change quickly. "It's a tough, tough forecast, not just for today but also for tomorrow," Cardin told Live Science.