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Foreign Office 'urgently looking into' Nepal earthquake

Following a major earthquake in Nepal and subsequent deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, a Foreign Office spokesperson told ITV News:

We are aware of reports of an earthquake in Nepal. We are urgently looking into it. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

Our Embassy staff stand ready to help any British nationals who may need assistance.

– Foreign Office spokesperson

'Death toll could reach 100,000' - US Geological Survey

The Kathmandu earthquake has a decent chance of claiming tens or even hundreds of thousands of lives, according to alarming projections from the US Geological Survey.

The numbers in the graph below are only projections, but it is clear that more bad news is probably on the way.

Estimated fatalities Credit: USGS

Another projection suggests that the economic impact of the quake is likely to reach $10bn (£6.6bn) or more.

Estimated fatalities Credit: USGS

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Streets become makeshift hospital as death toll rises

As hospital staff struggle to cope with the influx of injuries, members of the public help out in makeshift medical stations on the streets of Kathmandu.

It comes as a senior home ministry official told Reuters that the death toll had risen again to 688.

Survivors of the disaster are treated in beds in the street Credit: RTV
A nurse reacts as the scale of the disaster becomes clear. Credit: RTV
Medical staff are working to save those injured in the disaster. Credit: RTV

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'Eight dead' as avalanche buries Everest Base Camp

Eight people are said to have died after an avalanche buried part of the Base Camp at the foot of Mount Everest today.

Everest base camp pictured in May 2014. Credit: Reuters

"The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas," Nepalese tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha said.

It is believed that the avalanche was caused by the devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal this morning.

Earlier, a Romanian climber tweeted about a 'huge avalanche' and said he was forced to run for his life.

Stunned survivors pick through the wreckage

As the dust settles from this morning's massive quake, dazed Nepalese have begun searching the wreckage of their former homes and offices in the search for survivors.

A 7.9 magnitude quake struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu Credit: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Dazed survivors search the wreckage Credit: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
People survey a site damaged by an earthquake in Kathmandu Credit: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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