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A strong (7.9) earthquake hit Nepal in the area halfway between capital Kathmandu and tourist town Pokhara. The earthquake caused extensive damage to buildings and dozens of injuries and was even felt in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Read More.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche above the Mount Everest base camp at the height of climbing season, killing at least 10 people and stranding others at the perilous Khumbu Icefall. Among those killed was San Francisco resident, and member of Google’s Privacy Department, Dan Fredinburg . Read More.

Many historic buildings were destroyed. The well known Dharara Tower collapsed. 50 people are trapped. Temples have been ruined. More than 1300 deaths in Nepal. There have been at least five deaths in India.

Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal. They were expecting an earthquake to happen in Nepal. It was only a matter of time they said. Read More.

The Nepal Red Cross Society is the epicenter of the relief efforts and is a direct way to help the people of Nepal. Here is how you can help.

Are you in the area? Are you safe?  We want to hear from you. Tell us your story in the comments below.

Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...