Massive earthquake strikes Nepal

Published April 25, 2015
Nepalese health workers carry injured people into an open area following an 7.9 earthquake, at Lalitpur on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese health workers carry injured people into an open area following an 7.9 earthquake, at Lalitpur on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people stand near collapsed houses in Nyalam County of Xigaze Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, following a strong earthquake in Nepal, April 25, 2015. — via AP
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people stand near collapsed houses in Nyalam County of Xigaze Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, following a strong earthquake in Nepal, April 25, 2015. — via AP
People stand around damage caused by an earthquake at Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal. — AP
People stand around damage caused by an earthquake at Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal. — AP
Indian police and bystanders look at a collapsed house following an earthquake, in Siliguri. — AFP
Indian police and bystanders look at a collapsed house following an earthquake, in Siliguri. — AFP
Indian bystanders look at a collapsed house following an earthquake, in Siliguri. — AFP
Indian bystanders look at a collapsed house following an earthquake, in Siliguri. — AFP
Residents stand in the street outside their homes. — AFP
Residents stand in the street outside their homes. — AFP
Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. — AP
Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. — AP
Nepalese people walk past a collapsed building in Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese people walk past a collapsed building in Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese rescue members and onlookers gather at the collapsed Darahara Tower in Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese rescue members and onlookers gather at the collapsed Darahara Tower in Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese people walk past collapsed buildings at Lalitpur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese people walk past collapsed buildings at Lalitpur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese people wheel an injured man into an open area following an 7.9 earthquake, at Lalitpur on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese people wheel an injured man into an open area following an 7.9 earthquake, at Lalitpur on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese people huddle together outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. — AP
Nepalese people huddle together outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. — AP
Nepalese people sit in an open area following an 7.9 earthquake, at Lalitpur on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP
Nepalese people sit in an open area following an 7.9 earthquake, at Lalitpur on the outskirts of Kathmandu. — AFP

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to 688, a senior home ministry official told Reuters, with 181 people killed in the capital Kathmandu.

The quake measuring 7.9 is the strongest to hit the country in 81 years.

At least 26 people are also known to have died in India, including 17 in the eastern state of Bihar, while buildings in the capital New Delhi had to be evacuated.

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