Nepal Earthquake: 7.9-Magnitude Tremor Hits Kathmandu – NBCNews.com

A large 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which said it expected heavy damage in the mountainous Central Asian country.

While there was no immediate official word on casualties, locals reported extensive damage.

“Everyone is out in the streets, people are rushing to the hospital,” according to a Reuters reporter.

The U.S.G.S. revised up the size of the earthquake, which was felt in neighboring India and Pakistan, from an initial 7.5 magnitude estimate.

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— F. Brinley Bruton with The Associated Press and Reuters.