A magnitude-7.8 earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu hit Nepal Saturday, killing more than 1,400 people and destroying homes, temples and historic buildings, CNN TV said in an updated report on Sunday morning, quoting authorities.
CNN videos and online photos showed whole streets and squares in the nation’s capital and largest city covered in rubble.
“It seems probable the number will rise,” given the rescue effort still in its early stages and that people in outlying areas may well have been affected as well, the report said, quoting Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs for its death toll.
“Residents, terrorized by a seemingly endless series of aftershocks, huddled in the cold rain overnight for safety. Dozens of bodies were pulled from the nine-story Dharahara tower that came crashing down during the quake. At least 12 bodies were evacuated from a Mount Everest base camp hit by avalanches,” the online report said.
“An estimated 4.6 million people in the region were exposed to tremors from the Nepal, earthquake,”CNN said, quoting the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs via Twitter.
The quake struck Saturday at 11:56 a.m., Kathmandu time, with the epicenter between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
One person was quoted as saying he felt as if he were on a ship in rough seas.
Nepal has a population of 31 million, including one million in Kathmandu.