A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal between Pokhara and Kathmandu, approximately 80 km northwest of Kathmandu, just before noon on Saturday, 25 April 2015. Casualty reports continue to increase, with more than 8,000 people reported dead, and many more displaced. Tremors were felt as far east as Lahore, Pakistan. Aftershocks continued further east of the epicenter, ranging in magnitude from 4.6 to 6.6. The Nepali government has declared a state of emergency, and Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam appealed for international humanitarian assistance.
The earthquake struck the Kathmandu valley, which is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million people. Many buildings have been completely destroyed in Kathmandu city, including homes and historic buildings. Many other buildings are damaged and unsafe to return to. Streets in Kathmandu are filled with rubble, and rescue teams searched through them for survivors. Twelve people were killed at the Mt. Everest base camp by an avalanche caused by the earthquake.