At midday on the 25th April 2015 Nepal was hit by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake also affecting surrounding countries. The epicentre was less than 80km from Kathmandu, the capital. Strong aftershocks reaching a magnitude of 7.1 have further shook the area. The population has been badly affected and major damage to buildings is reported.
In the Pleiades image used in this map, acquired the 27/04/2015 at 05:03 UTC, building damage is often difficult to see except where complete collapse has occurred. A number of collapsed buildings are highlighted and spontaneous gathering areas are located.
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