Full coverage: 8.1-Magnitude Quake Hits Central Nepal
Nepal is reeling from the devastation brought by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake
that struck onSaturday. Nepal's Interior Minisry has said that the death toll
from the quake has climbed to 1,931 . And more than 4,700 people are
Nepal's military predicts the death toll may climb to as high as 5,000. The
Chinese embassy in Nepalhas confirmed that four Chinese nationals were killed,
with five severely injured.
The initial magnitude-eight-point-one quake struck 80 kilometers east of
Pokhara on Saturdayafternoon. It was followed by a huge aftershock, measuring
seven-point-zero. As of Sunday, twobig aftershocks have been recorded, with the
latest in the afternoon with a magnitude of 7.1.
This is the most powerful and devastating earthquake to have hit Nepal in
over 80 years. Thetremor was felt by more than 4.6 million people across South
and East Asia.
Search and rescue efforts are underway for survivors buried under the
rubble and flattenedbuildings, but efforts are being hampered by rain and
aftershocks. Nepal national television isreporting that 90 percent of historical
structures in Kathmandu Valley were destroyed in theearthquake.
重点理会 Key Phrases/Words
1. reeling from 蒙受，受...欠好影响，劫难后的蹒跚而行
2. magnitude n. 庞大，宽大，重大，(地动)级数
3. death toll n. 衰亡人数
4. huge aftershock 凶猛的余震
5. devastating adj. 歼灭性的，劫难性的，惊人的
6. flattened adj. (水)平扁的，弄平的
7. hampered v. 受...影响，过问