Earthquake Kills Thousands, Destroys Several Historic Landmarks
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal, near the capital, Katmandu, on April 25, 2015, killing more than 8,000 people, injuring about 17,000, and damaging or destroying thousands of structures, including the treasured Dharahara Tower and the temple complex Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It caused avalanches on Mt. Everest, which killed at least 17 people. The earthquake was felt throughout the country and affected others in Asia. Continuous aftershocks complicated rescue efforts and further traumatized a nation stunned by catastrophic loss. Nepal's rugged, mountainous terrain made the search for survivors and attempts to deliver food and medical supplies to affected areas perilous endeavors. Seismologists have predicted an earthquake would hit Nepal, but the country was ill-prepared for a disaster of this scale. Another strong earthquake hit Nepal just three weeks later, on May 12. At least 40 people were killed and well over 1,000 injured in the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, whose epicenter was about 50 miles east of Kathmandu.
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