According to the news, there was a 7.9 earthquake in Nepal, centered in the Khumbu region. There has been major damage in Khatmandu.
The reports also say that there have been major aftershocks, hundreds killed and injured.
I have been through a number of earthquakes (that happens when you live on the San Andreas fault), the largest being the Loma Prieta shake at magnitude 6.9. 7.9 is an order of magnitude stronger.
Most buildings in that part of the world are not built to seismic standards, which has resulted in a lot of collapsed buildings, along with numerous avalanches on and around Everest.
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