Breaking: 7.9 earthquake hits Nepal; thousands feared dead

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Kenny Pettersen

Kenny Pettersen

Kenny Pettersen holds a Master of Public Health and is currently finishing medical school at UC San Francisco. He has worked extensively in Haiti since 2004 and among homeless populations in the US. He is particularly interested in improving chronic disease management through health systems strengthening efforts, such as eHealth and health workforce development.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck just 50 miles outside of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal (population 1 million), on Saturday, April 25th.

The earthquake struck at mid-day local time.  Local officials say that more than a thousand are confirmed dead, though the toll is much likely significantly higher. It is the strongest earthquake in Nepal since the 1930s, where 10,000 people were killed.

Tremors were felt in India and China. Aftershocks continue to occur as the Nepalese government and international rescue workers rush against time.

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