Nepal Earthquake: 1,700 Injured, 1,100 Confirmed Dead

Jennifer Deutschmann

A 7.9 magnitude Nepal earthquake left 1,700 injured and more than 1,100 confirmed dead. In addition to the initial quake, The U.S. Geological Survey recorded 15 powerful aftershocks. Although the numbers are already high, officials said the search for survivors has just begun.

According to witness reports, the quake was strong and "lasted a long time." Geosciences Professor David A. Rothery explains that the earthquake was specifically destructive because it was shallow -- with a depth of 9.3 miles. As shallow quakes originate near the surface, they cause more damage at ground level.

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The Kathmandu Valley was specifically vulnerable, as the buildings were not built to withstand earthquakes. With more than two million residents, the region is also densely populated.

As reported by MSN, entire villages were destroyed amid the Nepal earthquake. Resident Vim Tamang confirmed Manglung village was "almost wiped out," with a majority of its inhabitants reported missing or dead.

In addition to thousands of homes, the quake destroyed an alarming number of historical landmarks. Local officials confirmed several monuments and temples simply crumbled to the ground. However, the nine-story Dharahara Tower is a specific concern, as tourists were trapped inside when it collapsed.

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Carsten Lillelund Pedersen, who witnessed the avalanche, said the number of injured and dead are expected to rise, as "a lot of people may have been buried in their tents."

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed authorities and rescue workers are "working to reach out to those affected" by the Nepal earthquake. Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has vowed to provide assistance in the search and rescue effort.

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