Recieved this from Dr. Gene Burge…
I just received this email back from Charity Woon. She wrote, “Safe. Sangla has lots of houses down. Jason taking people to hospital in our car and helping dig people out. Update when we can.”
Here is a news report from Fox News:
BREAKING NEWS – A powerful magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley around noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings and cutting open roads in the worst tremor in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years.
Dozens of people with injuries were being brought to the main hospital in Kathmandu. There were no immediate reports of fatalities. Several buildings collapsed in the center of the capital, Old Kathmandu, including centuries-old temples, Prachanda Saul, a resident, told The Associated Press. Saul said he saw people running through the streets in panic. Ambulance sirens blared and government helicopters hovered overhead.
National radio warned people to stay outdoors and maintain calm because more aftershocks were feared. A 6.6-magnitude aftershock hit about an hour after the initial quake.
Old Kathmandu city is a warren of tightly packed, narrow lanes with poorly constructed homes piled on top of each other.
Nepal’s Information Minister Minendra Rijal told India’s NDTV station that there are reports of damage in and around Kathmandu, but did not specify if there were casualties
He said that rescue teams were on the scene
The epicenter was 49 miles northwest of the Kathmandu, he said. The Kathmandu Valley is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million, with the quality of buildings often poor.
Mohammad Shahab, a resident from Lahore, Pakistan, said he was sitting in his office when the earthquake rocked the city. He said the tremors continued for a while but now the situation was normal.
The sustained quake also was felt in India’s capital of New Delhi. AP reporters in Indian cities of Lucknow in the north and Patna in the east also reported strong tremors.
Nepal suffered its worst recorded earthquake in 1934, which measured 8.0 and all but destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report