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At Least 1,130 Dead in Nepal Quake: Reports

A violent 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday destroyed ancient temples, triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest and left survivors camped outside of their homes as night fell, fearful of more aftershocks, NBC News repored. The quake's death toll kept rising, with police telling The Associated Press that at least 1,130 people were confirmed dead. Other reports cited nearly 1,500 deaths, but NBC News was not immediately able to confirm the figures. Nearly two dozen aftershocks followed the quake, including a magnitude-6.6 aftershock an hour afterwards. Climbers on Mount Everest were also sent running for their lives when the earthquake set off at least one avalanche. At least eight people died and more than two dozen were injured in the avalanche on the world's highest mountain, according to the AP. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. First reported by the USGS as a 7.5, then a 7.9, the quake spawned a powerful 6.6-magnitude aftershock and triggered deadly tremors in India and Pakistan. Read »
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It was a sound like thunder.... It was really shaking shaking shaking.  

— Shristi Mainali a 21-year-old nursing student in Kathmandu, Nepal, describing Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake there.
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