On April 25, shortly before noon, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal. Kathmandu, the nation’s capital and largest city, was among the hardest hit by this natural disaster.
The tremors destroyed some of the city’s historic structures, including several wooden temples and a brick tower. Some experts say that this quake was the worst to hit the region in the last eighty years.
Death tolls have climbed into the thousands, with latest estimates put the number at above 7000, and still rising. Nepal is a small landlocked nation in the Himalayas, between India and China.
Its Himalayan region is a popular destination among western tourists, primarily known for its access to Mount Everest and some of the other highest peaks in the world. The earthquake also caused landslides that killed several tourists and left countless others stranded in harsh conditions.
On the disaster, Freshman Anand Rao said, “The loss of life and scale of destruction in Nepal is tragic.” Accredited organizations that are soliciting donations for relief efforts include UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity International, and the UN’s World Food Program.