A violent earthquake rocked Nepal late Saturday morning.
The 7.9-magnitude temblor hit at 11:11 a.m. local time Saturday with an epicenter 81 km (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal, the nation's capital, the United States Geological Survey reported. It was at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles).
Terrible #earthquake in #Nepal. Just saved ourselves. Don't know how many killed. Roads are blocked already. pic.twitter.com/qsxITz0n1P— Guna Raj Luitel (@gunaraj) April 25, 2015
Major damage has been reported and scores of people were injured in Kathmandu, Nepalese media and The Associated Press report.
Some roads in Kathmandu have developed massive cracks as 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal http://t.co/dEr4sm7HWD pic.twitter.com/NQ4Wimcwso— NDTV (@ndtv) April 25, 2015
Two strong aftershocks -- 5.1 and 6.6 magnitude, respectively -- occurred about 30 minutes after the initial quake, the USGS said.
NOW--- LOCALS TRAPPED inside this rubble- people trying hard to rescue pic.twitter.com/tzveUSW8OD— Kashish Das Shrestha (@kashishds) April 25, 2015
Most new high rises in #Kathmandu ok, old buildings down. Temples reduced to rubble.— Kunda Dixit (@kundadixit) April 25, 2015
The quake could be felt throughout India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.
News has come in about an Earthquake in Nepal. Several parts of India also experienced tremors.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 25, 2015
#Kathmandu Valley shrouded in dust from 7.4 mag quake. Airport closed. Lots of damage. pic.twitter.com/QF3kE65Tzf— Kunda Dixit (@kundadixit) April 25, 2015