KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 906 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.
At least 876 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. The death toll is almost certain to rise, said deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam.
- http://news.yahoo.com/avalanche-sweeps-everest-nepal-30-injured-101133601.html [Broken] Associated Press
- Quake triggers Everest avalanche, 10 killed Reuters
- Devastating Nepal quake kills over 900, some in Everest avalanche Reuters
M7.8 - 34km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal"Our village has been almost wiped out. Most of the houses are either buried by landslide or damaged by shaking," said Vim Tamang, a resident of Manglung village near the epicenter. He said half of the village folks are either missing or dead.
That depends on your definition of "directly". Katmandu is 27 deg north, Calbuco is 41 deg south; Katmandu is 81 East, Calbuco is 73 west. By my definition that is not even close.It is a curious coincidence that this massive earthquake is almost directly antipodal to the massive Calbuco volcanic eruption that began Wednesday afternoon.
Released 29/04/2015 4:50 pm
Description: Combining two Sentinel-1A radar scans from 17 and 29 April 2015, this interferogram shows changes on the ground that occurred during the 25 April earthquake that struck Nepal. An overall area of 120x100 km has moved – half of that uplifted and the other half, north of Kathmandu subsided. Vertical accuracy is a few cm.
Also, coincidentally:It is a curious coincidence that this massive earthquake is almost directly antipodal to the massive Calbuco volcanic eruption that began Wednesday afternoon.
located: 46.06°N 130°WResearchers think Axial Seamount off Northwest coast is erupting – right on schedule
Since last Friday [ April 24th! ], the region has experienced thousands of tiny earthquakes – a sign that magma is moving toward the surface – and the seafloor dropped by 2.4 meters, or nearly eight feet, also a sign of magma being withdrawn from a reservoir beneath the summit. Instrumentation recording the activity is part of the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative. William Wilcock of the University of Washington first observed the earthquakes.
Has anyone heard or read if Everest changed height at all?
But the article continues, and states that the Himalayas are rising about 0.4 inches (1 cm) per year, so a 1 inch drop is pretty insignificant, IMHO.Mount Everest Shrank As Nepal Quake Lifted Kathmandu
by Becky Oskin, Senior Writer | April 29, 2015 10:13pm ET
The radar images reveal that some of the world's tallest peaks — including Mount Everest — dropped by about 1 inch (2.5 cm), according to the nonprofit UNAVCO, a geoscience research consortium.
A magnitude 7.3 quake has struck the Nepal-Tibet border, killing more than 41 people and leaving 1100 injured, as buildings weakened by a devastating quake less than three weeks ago collapsed.
The quake, which struck near the base camp for Everest, 22 kilometres south-east of Zham, China, and 83 kilometres east of Kathmandu, Nepal, was measured at a shallow depth of about 18.5km (revised from 10km).
It was felt as far away as New Delhi, India, and Dhaka in Bangladesh.
An initial magnitude of 7.4 was recorded before the earthquake was downgraded to 7.3. It struck about 7.30pm Tuesday NZT.
The Home Ministry increased the death toll to 41, with more than 1100 people injured.
The quake was quickly followed by aftershocks of 5.6, 5.4 and 6.3 magnitude within half an hour.