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(Bloomberg) — The most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal since 1934 killed at least 1,500 people, including more than a dozen climbers on Mount Everest, and left thousands more trapped under rubble as governments and humanitarian groups rushed to offer assistance. 

Panic set in after the 7.8-magnitude temblor struck at 11:41 a.m. Indian Standard Time on Saturday, centered 77 kilometers (48 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu, and was followed by at least a dozen aftershocks as strong as 6.6 magnitude. The death toll has climbed to 1,500, Minendra Rijal, Nepal’s information minister, said on India’s Times Now news channel.

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