Strong earthquake strikes Nepal

Last updated at 09:43
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Leah finds out what happened in Nepal

A powerful earthquake has struck Nepal in Asia and hundreds of people have lost their lives.

It struck this morning between the capital city of Kathmandu and another city, Pokhara.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 - which means it was very strong - and tremors were felt in nearby countries Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. Many buildings have been reduced to rubble and injured people are being taken to hospital for treatment.

People sitting with their belongings outside a damaged building in Kathmandu.Reuters
Lots of buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.

Officials say that more than 700 people have died as a result of the earthquake.

A Nepali minister said there had been "massive damage" at the epicentre of the earthquake and said international help was needed.

Rescuers are now searching through rubble for survivors who may be trapped.

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