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Thousands Dead in Massive Nepal Earthquake

More than 800 people (Update: now estimated at more than 3,000 people) were killed early today in a massive earthquake that hit Kathmandu, Nepal. Buildings and temples collapsed, and lots and lots of people were injured and are being treated in hospitals.

Millions of people live in the area where the earthquake hit, and there have been reports of avalanches on Mount Everest.

There were lots of harrowing photos from the scene:

There’s also reports that the earthquake hit the Indian embassy in Nepal and left one staff member and the wife of an embassy official dead. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he spoke to Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala:

Update- 1:09 pm EST: The Nepalese government has declared a state of emergency over the earthquake and as of now the death toll has exceeded 1000.

UPDATE — 04/26/15, 12:15 p.m. ET: The New York Times reports that the death toll has risen to more than 2,200 people after a 6.7 magnitude aftershock rocked the country just one day later.

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