While Nepal authorities continue to calculate the death toll associated with the magnitude-7.9 earthquake in their country Saturday, neighboring nations are also feeling the effects of the disaster. At least two people are dead and more than 100 have been injured in Bangladesh because of the powerful quake, the Associated Press reported, citing a local television station. Meanwhile, 34 people were reported dead in northern India, Reuters said.
In Bangladesh, the Somoy TV station reported one man was killed in the capital Dhaka and another was killed in the northwestern district of Pabna. Other local TV stations reported several buildings were tilted in Dhaka, as well as in other towns and cities, according to AP.
The powerful earthquake that struck Nepal was felt not only in Bangladesh and India but also in Pakistan and Tibet, AP reported. The tremor knocked over buildings and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. The latest death toll in Nepal was 758, Reuters said, citing a home-ministry official.
In the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the earthquake knocked down a 19th-century tower, among a host of other structures: The historic building called the Dharahara, aka the Bhimsen Tower, was toppled by the quake, CNN reported. Built in 1832, the tower was about 207 feet tall, and it had given its visitors a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley.
The epicenter of the earthquake was about 45 miles east of Nepal's second-largest city, Pokhara. It was the worst earthquake to rock the country in 81 years.
The shaking was rated as "strong" to "severe" on a U.S. Geological Survey ShakeMap. The map showed three separate earthquakes in Nepal: a magnitude-7.9 quake at 2:11 a.m. EDT and two significant aftershocks, a magnitude-6.6 quake at 2:45 a.m. EDT and a magnitude-5.5 quake at 2:56 a.m. EDT.
The force of the earthquake was described by people who reported to the USGS as ranging from "severe" to "violent," according to CNN, nearly the highest rating on the agency's intensity scale. Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, about 600 miles away.