nepal earthquake
May 12, 2015

On Tuesday, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter near the Mt. Everest Base Camp. The quake was felt as far away as India's capital, New Delhi, where buildings swayed for more than a minute and people ran into the streets, Reuters reports. The residents of Kathmandu, still recovering from the devastating April 25 temblor, also rushed out of buildings when the ground started shaking. There were no casualties or damage reported in Kathmandu yet.

UPDATE: At least four people were killed in the town of Chautara, east of Kathmandu, and at least 12 people were injured in the outlying district, Sindhupalchowk. The region was the hardest hit by the 7.8 magnitude quake in April. Many of the structures damaged in the April earthquake collapsed in Tuesday's, according to local media. One death has been reported in India, and another in Nepal. BBC News has this report from Delhi:

May 4, 2015

Nepal is asking foreign rescuers who came to the country to assist with disaster relief to either help in rural areas or go back home.

The announcement was made after Nepal's emergency relief committee met late Sunday, The Associated Press reports. Information Minister Minendra Rijal said that there is no need for international rescuers in Kathmandu and surrounding urban areas, as any work that still needs to be completed can be done by local workers. More than 4,050 rescue workers from 34 countries came to Nepal after the devastating earthquake that killed at least 7,276 people and injured 14,267 hit on April 25. Catherine Garcia

May 3, 2015

A rescue team has saved a 101-year-old man who was buried alive after last week's devastating earthquake in Nepal.

The official death toll from the quake is more than 7,000, but Nepal's government said Sunday the toll is likely to climb "much higher," AFP reports. But in a bit of good news, 101-year-old Funchu Tamang wasn't one of the casualties.

Rescuers found Tamang buried in the collapsed remains of his home in Nuwakot's Kimtang village on Saturday. He was taken to a local hospital, where his condition was pronounced stable. Tamang suffered only minor injuries, according to AFP.

Officials also rescued three female survivors from rubble in the district of Sindhupalchowk on Sunday, but it is unclear how long they were buried. —Meghan DeMaria

April 28, 2015

On Tuesday, foreign aid started arriving in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, following Saturday's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and mountaineers said that all stranded climbers high up on Mt. Everest had been rescued by helicopter. But the official death toll from the temblor reached 4,349, with more than 7,000 known injured, and as bad as things are in the capital, they're undoubtedly worse in the villages cut off from aid.

"The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing," Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal." At least 8 million people were affected by the quake, and 1.4 million need food, the United Nations estimated, and the number of confirmed deaths will almost certainly go up, Koirala said. "The death toll could go up to 10,000 because information from remote villages hit by the earthquake is yet to come in."

Nepal's citizens are getting impatient as the government tries to get a grasp on the devastation and reach those remote villages. When it comes to the number of dead and injured and where they are, "right now, what we're hearing from everybody, including our own staff, is that we don't know," Mercy Corps' Jeffrey Shannon tells The New York Times. "As people start to travel these roads, to reach these communities, you run into landslides. They're simply inaccessible, the ones that need the most help. Peter Weber

April 28, 2015

In the days since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday and killed more than 4,300 people, dozens of aftershocks of 4.5 magnitude and greater have hit as well, and the U.S. Geological Survey warns that there is a better than 50-50 chance of another 6.0 quake or higher taking place in the next week and the next month.

The USGS forecast is based on where the earthquake took place — in this case, a deep boundary between colliding continental plates, NPR reports. It released stress that had been building up for 150 years, triggering smaller quakes near the epicenter. "What's happening, particularly for these more remote aftershocks, is they are striking on the neighboring faults," Ross Stein, scientist emeritus at the USGS, told NPR, "and those neighboring faults could rupture in subsequent large earthquakes."

There is a 1-2 percent chance that in the next few years an aftershock more powerful than than Saturday's quake could strike the area. "It's kind of a cruel part of aftershocks that we cannot depend on them getting smaller," Stein said. "They just get less and less frequent with time." Catherine Garcia

April 27, 2015

The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled Nepal and parts of India has killed at least 3,700 people, including a confirmed 3,617 deaths in Nepal. Residents and visitors to Kathmandu are camping out on the streets or fleeing due to fear of aftershocks or because the hotels are full and the airport is in disarray. And at least 18 of the confirmed deaths are on Mt. Everest, where an avalanche swept through base camp. For people not familiar with the topography of the world's highest peak, BBC News has this explainer of the avalanche and where it hit, complete with 3D graphics. Everest is dangerous, but none of the climbers expected this. —Peter Weber

April 26, 2015

Helicopters rescuing severely injured climbers and sherpas at Mount Everest's base camp Sunday had to stop after a 6.7 aftershock triggered additional avalanches.

Dozens of climbers and their Nepali guides are still trapped on the side of the mountain at two camps above where the avalanche fell, The Washington Post reports. The ropes and equipment they left up to help them make their descent were swept away in Saturday's avalanche, caused by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal.

The Indian army estimates that 19 people died at the Mount Everest base camp on Saturday, and 61 people were rescued, primarily foreign tourists. In a Facebook message to the Post, Danish climber Carsten Lillelund Pedersen said that climbers and sherpas stuck higher up on the mountain "are getting desperate," and American climber Jon Kedrowski wrote on his blog that there were "head injuries, broken legs, internal injuries, and impalements" as well as "contusions and lacerations from flying debris." No one has a solid number on how many people are trapped and how many died, but Eric Johnson, a physician on the board of Everest ER, said that during peak climbing season, more than 1,500 people, including climbers, sherpas, and porters, are at base camp. Catherine Garcia

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