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Devastating 7.8 Nepal quake kills hundreds, spreads havoc
Devastating 7.8 Nepal quake kills hundreds, spreads havoc

A massive earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday, collapsing historic buildings in the capital, Katmandu, fracturing highways and triggering avalanches on Mt. Everest. By early evening, authorities said at least 820 people were dead. Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal said the death toll is almost certain to rise following the devastating quake, and the U.S. Geological Survey said its models indicated there was a 33% chance the death toll could rise past 1,000 and as high as 10,000, with damage equal to between 9% and 50% of Nepal’s gross domestic product. Residents reported seeing trails of destruction -- collapsed walls, broken windows and fallen telephone poles -- as they drove...

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