Over 600 people are feared dead after a massive earthquake in Nepal


Originally posted on Quartz:

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

A little before noon local time, a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit 77km (48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, sending strong tremors through the landlocked Himalayan nation and across northern India.

Reuters quoted a Nepalese home ministry official as saying that at least 688 people have been killed. In northern India, initial reports suggest that 13 people have been killed, including a 15-year-old girl whose home collapsed after the earthquake. The death toll could rise significantly, with many people feared to be trapped underneath collapsed buildings.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 11.41 am local time, was 35 kilometers east of Lamjung, about halfway between the Nepalese capital and Pokhara, the country’s second largest-city. Together, both cities are home to over a million people.

Here is a screenshot of the epicenter via USGS:

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At 12.15pm local…

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Hundreds Dead as 7.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nepal


Originally posted on TIME:

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck central Nepal on Saturday morning, damaging buildings in the country’s capital, Kathmandu, and sending tremors across northern India, Bangladesh and as far afield as Pakistan. At least 449 people were reported to have died.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located about 50 mi (80 km) northwest of Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which said the quake struck Nepal just before noon at a shallow depth of only about 9 mi (15 km) belowground.

More than 6.6 million people are in the area affected by the earthquake, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bangkok.

In Kathmandu, residents congregated on streets and other open areas as the USGS reported a series of powerful aftershocks. Buildings and temples collapsed, and roads across the city were cracked open by the quake

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Limited Posts for Next Week or So


The last week or so has been marked by a degree of havoc, due to illness initially and followed up with what was the equivalent of a category 1 or 2 cyclone, which crossed the coast just to the north of where I live. There has been plenty of damage, flooding and extended periods of power outages across a very wide region. What this will mean for my Blogs is that there will be very limited posts over the next week or so. Reasonably normal service will be returned as soon as that is possible.

China: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from China.

For more visit:
http://www.chinaaid.org/2015/04/guangdong-police-stop-illegal-church.html

Niger: Persecution News Update


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http://www.persecution.org/2015/04/08/jesus-or-family-the-cost-of-following-christ-in-niger/

Kenya: Persecution News Update


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For more visit:
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