Kathmandu Earthquake

Mounting death toll in the 7.8 earthquake , latest estimate around one thousand. Effects go way beyond the Kathmandu Valley , including eighteen dead climbers on Mt Everest . The epicenter of the second , smaller ( 6.6 ) quake close to the start of the Annapurna Circuit .

* Tribuhvan airport is out : first for repairs , and after that military aircrafts will have priority. Indian Air Force is sending in Hercules and C130 planes with rescue personell and supplies.

* Friendship Highway to Lhasa is out .

* no clear word on the Everest Base Camps , on both sides of the border. now would not be a good time.

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