By: Katherine Iorio Washington (CBS News) -A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday killing more than 3,500 people and injuring at least 6,500, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre. Orla Fagan, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told "Face The Nation" host Bob Schieffer, "People will be terrified to be indoors," due to the magnitude of the quake. "People will be exposed to the elements because there is no temporary shelter set up, yet. It's too soon after the event. And they will be all sleeping outdoors tonight in terrible weather conditions. And that will be-- that-- that raises the possibility again of people becoming ill with respiratory infections, also then with, you know, the water system have being damaged, the food system will have been damaged. Also raises the possibility of water-borne diseases," she said. Orla Fagan's comments were covered by Reuters. While authorities are piecing together the … [Read more...] about Face in the News: Nepal Earthquake, Police Use-of-Force and Same-Sex Marriage
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Last Updated Apr 25, 2015 9:18 PM EDT KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Tens of thousands of people spent the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 1,800 across the region, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest. Officials warned the death toll would rise as more reports came in from far-flung areas.Strong aftershocks continued to jolt the region as the rescue operation got into full swing at daybreak Sunday, with workers sending out tents and relief supplies in trucks and helicopters. Most areas were without power and water.The death toll had reached 1,430, including 348 in Kathmandu alone, said Inspector Yuvraj Khadka of Nepal's national police force. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which originated outside the capital, was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years. It was strong enough to be felt all across the northern part of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Powerful Nepal earthquake leaves heavy death toll
Last Updated Apr 27, 2015 12:40 AM EDT KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The death toll from Nepal's earthquake rose past 4,000 on Monday, two days after the massive trembler ripped across this Himalayan nation, leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets.Aid groups received the first word from remote mountain villages - reports that suggested many communities perched on mountainsides were devastated or struggling to cope.Landslides hindered rescue teams that tried to use mountain trails to reach those in need, said Prakash Subedi, chief district official in the Gorkha region, where the quake was centered."Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it's not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls," said Matt Darvas, a member of the aid group World Vision. "It will likely be helicopter access only."Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Nepal earthquake death toll continues to rise
The first good view of the aftermath of Nepal's deadly earthquake from a satellite reveals that a broad swath of ground near Kathmandu lifted vertically, by about 3 feet (1 meter), which could explain why damage in the city was so severe. The data also indicate the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, got a wee bit shorter. The new information comes from Europe's Sentinel-1A radar satellite. Scientists are racing to interpret the Sentinel data, which were made available April 29 just hours after the satellite passed over Nepal. The preliminary data can help guide relief efforts on the ground by identifying areas that were damaged or hit by landslides. Researchers detected the vertical shift in the ground by comparing before-and-after radar images from the satellite using a technique that produces an image called an interferogram. The resulting images have rainbow-colored areas that represent the movement of the ground between the times each radar image was taken. Each colorful … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Nepal earthquake left Mount Everest slightly shorter
Days after the deadly Nepal earthquake, Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific was hit by two major quakes of its own, including one that measured 6.8 magnitude. Though powerful, they caused little damage in a sparsely-populated area. But are all three events related? Most seismologists say there is no reason to believe that the 7.8 quake in Nepal, which killed more than 6,300 people, triggered seismic activity beyond the Himalayas. Ryan Gold, a research geologist at the United States Geological Survey, told CBS News there is no evidence connecting the quakes in Papua New Guinea and Nepal - which are, after all, almost 5,000 miles apart. The two places are on top of different tectonic plates. "When there is an earthquake, it stresses some faults and un-stresses other faults in the region proximal to the earthquake," Gold said. "But over large distances such as thousands of miles, we don't have a strong physical basis for the triggering of remote earthquakes." Larry Ruff, a seismologist … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Is Nepal quake triggering temblors in other regions?