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Dramatic footage shows moment Nepal quake hits

Shocking amateur footage shows the moment Saturday's earthquake hit in Nepal's capital Kathmandu.

The video, published by Turkish news agency IHA, shows chaotic scenes as the earthquake sends beer bottles flying while birds circle frantically overhead.

It was filmed in Kathmandu at the moment the first - and most powerful - tremors were felt, causing buildings to collapse and leading to thousands of deaths.

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Labour stamp duty reform 'would increase house prices'

Labour's proposal to cut stamp duty for some first time buyers would drive up house prices and must be combined with a drastic increase in supply of new homes, surveyors warned.

Jeremy Blackburn, of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, said:

While this proposed stamp duty reform could help some first-time buyers in the market, it’s another measure that tinkers with demand-side stimulus.

Prices are already predicted to rise in the next parliament and this is only likely to make matters worse.

The promise of one million homes by 2020 is an ambitious target, but Labour has not fully explained how they expect to remove obstacles to such a supply-side revolution. What we need is a drastic increase in supply.

– Jeremy Blackburn, RICS Head of Policy
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Cliffs 'spew huge boulders' during Nepal's second quake

Chris Harling Credit: Chris Harling

Cumbrian mountaineer Chris Harling has described the powerful aftershock that occurred 25 hours after Nepal's devastating earthquake on Saturday.

In a post on his Facebook page he described the "now familiar wave like motion" of the ground beneath his feet as the second "big quake" scientists had predicted began.

According to Chris, from Penrith, the cliffs around his tent at the North Everest Base Camp began to"disintegrate and spew huge boulders" towards the area where he, and others in the group he is leading, have taken shelter.

But they never reached what he calls their "island of safety", and everyone in his group remains unhurt.

The scientists predicted a second big quake around 24 hours after yesterday's. It came 25 hours later.

From within the comfort of our mess tent, subtle tremors were noticed, rapidly followed by the now familiar wave like motion of the ground and the equally rapid exit of the tent by our clients.

Through the cloud and snows, once again we witnessed the cliffs above BC begin to disintegrate and spew huge boulders towards our island of safety.

Again, they never gained the energy or direction to reach us - we are thankful for a well chosen site and that no one is hurt.

Stood still, the effect is strange - the sensation of wavelike motion, in the absence of sound or other visual cues. Team members feel dizzy even a little nauseous.

– Chris Harling, Leader, Adventure Peaks 2015 North Ridge Expedition

Nepal rescue efforts continue amid quake devastation

Rescue workers clear debris from a collapsed house in the ancient city of Bhaktapur. Credit: Reuters

Search and rescue efforts are continuing in Nepal as aid workers and emergency services attempt to deal with the impact of Saturday's earthquake.

An injured eight-month-old receives medical treatment. Credit: Reuters

Thousands have been sleeping in the open, while authorities attempted to deal with the threat of disease a shortage of drinking water, food and electricity.

A man sits on the wreckage of his home in Bhaktapur. Credit: Reuters

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British teen 'incredibly shocked' after Everest rescue

A UK survivor of an avalanche on Mount Everest is "incredibly shocked" but safe after being rescued from the mountain by helicopter this morning, support staff say.

Alex Staniforth was scaling Everest for charity.

Westgrove Group, sponsors of climber Alex Staniforth, said the 19-year-old from Chester was "completely devastated at the tragic loss of lives of so many people, many whom he classed as friends both around Everest basecamp and in the region."

"We are hoping that he can be airlifted to Kathmandu over the next 24hours for his safe passage home to his family and friends."

Staniforth's mother also issued a short statement, saying: "We are all very worried but very relieved that Alex is unhurt and now at Basecamp after being stranded at Camp1 for 2 nights.

"We just want to get him home now so we know he is safe. We are very sad for the families who have not been so lucky and our thoughts go out to the people of Nepal.”

FCO warns against 'all but essential' travel to Nepal

The UK government has advised travellers against all but essential travel to Nepal after an earthquake which left more than 3,700 people dead.

The powerful earthquake has devastated Nepal and left thousands dead Credit: Reuters

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said as aftershocks continue, along with the damage to buildings and avalanches in the Macchaputre and Everest regions, people should avoil travelling to the stricken country unless absolutely necessary, adding:

If you are in a safe place, you should stay where you are until it is safe to leave. You should follow any advice provided by the local authorities.

If you can leave Nepal safely then we advise that you should do so.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UK travel organisation Abta has also asked those due to travel to Nepal to contact their holiday company to either defer their date of travel, transfer to another destination if available, or have a full refund.

British nationals in Nepal who wish to inform the FCO of their whereabouts can do so by calling +44 20 7008 0000, texting NEPAL to +447860 010026, or e-mailing help@fco.gov.uk.

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