KATHMANDU, Nepal —A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, collapsing historic buildings in the capital, Kathmandu, fracturing highways and triggering avalanches on Mount Everest. By evening, authorities said at least 1,457 people had died.
Residents reported seeing trails of destruction — collapsed walls, broken windows and fallen telephone poles — as they drove through the capital. At nightfall, they described Kathmandu as a tent city with supplies of food and water severely limited. Many residents were forced to sleep in the open air.