A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing hundreds of people, injuring many, and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said.
The most powerful quake to hit the impoverished Himalayan nation in 80 years also caused damage in neighbouring Indian states and Bangladesh and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
A shallow quake is usually more dangerous because the amount of energy released is focussed over a smaller area.
A police spokesman said the death toll had reached 668 in Nepal according to an initial estimate, most from the Kathmandu Valley.A collapse in communications was hampering efforts to launch relief efforts across Nepal’s rugged terrain.
There was little information coming from the outlying areas of the mountainous country and helicopters were circling overheard to get a better sense of the damage.
“Hundreds of people are feared dead and there are reports of widespread damage to property. The devastation is not confined to some areas of Nepal. Almost the entire country has been hit,” said Krishna Prasad Dhakal, deputy chief of mission at Nepal’s Embassy in New Delhi.
A tourism official said eight people were killed by an avalanche unleashed by the earthquake that swept through the Everest Base Camp for climbers of the world’s highest mountain.
“The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas,” Gyanendra Shrestha said.
The death toll in northern India rose to at least 11, with six killed in-house collapses in Uttar Pradesh and five more dying in Bihar further east, according to government officials.
The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, climbers said, raising fears for those on the world’s highest peak.
A historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the Nepali capital Kathmandu following a severe earthquake on Saturday and at least one body was removed as police cordoned off the area, a witness said.
The Dharara Tower, built in 1832, was a historic landmark that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony on its eighth floor.
One body was removed from the tower and a second lay further up the road, the witness said. It was not immediately clear how many people were in the multi-storey tower when it collapsed.
How many disasters, crimes, events, does it take to get our attention? Jesus warned us ahead of time in Matthew, Luke, Amos, Micah, Isaiah, Revelation, numerous prophecies about impending destruction and events! I pray that any person in Christ who reads this, is not troubled, but in peace. Peace because Jesus keeps his promises, as told to us in His Word, because He is alive and watching now.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid – John 14:27 (KJV).
Injustice and wickedness will be defeated and banished forever into the pits of hell. The saved, Christ’s elect, will be vindicated. Jesus is coming – are you ready?
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped – Isaiah 35: 4-5 (KJV).
If there be any person unsaved who reads this, please see these phenomenal events as God’s way of speaking to us, warning us. He has always used natural events to get our attention. He is doing this because he is merciful, and wants to help us, so we can see our dependence on him. Only Jesus can help us – only Jesus can sustain and deliver us.
What will it take to get the attention of people and nations rebelling against God? A bigger dust storm? More deaths? More floods? More volcano eruptions? More earthquakes? More devastation and destruction? I pray that this be the day of your salvation.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed – Romans 13:11 (KJV).
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“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring ” Luke 21:11. 25 (KJV).