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Temple Ends Centuries-Old Mass Slaughter of Animals

Hundreds of thousands were killed at festival every 5 years

(Newser) - The killing of Cecil the lion made this a depressing week for animal-rights supporters. Here's a counter-punch: A Hindu temple in Nepal has ended a centuries-old mass slaughter of animals that takes place every five years, reports the Wall Street Journal . Twice a decade for nearly 250 years, pilgrims... More »

Gupta Misled CNN Viewers in Report: Nonprofit

Group says claims he saved 8-year-old's life after Nepal quake aren't accurate

(Newser) - He didn't use the word "conflate," but Sanjay Gupta used many other words to try and clarify why a report he filed from Nepal after the April earthquake there was apparently filled with inaccuracies, the Guardian reports. The Global Press Institute, a journalist-training nonprofit, reports not only... More »

Mount Everest Moved —One Whole Inch

Nepal's deadly April earthquake shook the mountain hard

(Newser) - Rest easy, geological watchdogs: Reports that Mount Everest may have shrunk almost a whole inch after April's devastating earthquake in Nepal are unfounded, Chinese officials say. But those same officials note that data culled from a satellite monitoring system shows the deadly quake that killed more than 8,000... More »

Nepal: Missing US Helicopter, 3 Bodies Found

No chance of any survivors, officials say

(Newser) - An American helicopter that disappeared while providing aid to earthquake victims in Nepal this week has been found crashed on a mountainside, the Nepalese military says. Officials say three bodies have been found near the wreckage of the helicopter, which was carrying six US Marines and two Nepalese soldiers, the... More »

US Helicopter Missing in Nepal

Marine chopper was providing earthquake relief

(Newser) - A US military helicopter providing humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims in Nepal has gone missing, reports CNN . The Pentagon is providing the barest of details for now, saying only that the chopper with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 went missing near Charikot, which was one of the hardest-hit... More »

2nd Big Quake Hits Nepal

7.3 quake was centered near Chinese border

(Newser) - What was predicted has come to pass : A major earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal today, killing at least 36 people and injuring another 1,117, triggering landslides, and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by its worst quake in decades . Information was... More »

How NASA Saved 4 Nepal Victims

FINDER technology tracked heartbeats under feet of rubble

(Newser) - NASA's latest out-of-this-world feat happened on planet Earth: Thanks to the space agency's technology, four men trapped for days after the Nepal earthquake were rescued. The village of Chautara received two prototype FINDER devices four days after the disaster struck, Gizmodo reports. The development of the handheld gadgets—... More »

Nepal Won't Close Everest; Sherpas, Firms Won't Go Up

Country desperate to keep its main tourism stream flowing

(Newser) - Just a week or so after Nepal's deadly avalanche and earthquake that killed at least 7,250 people , a debate is growing between those who want the mountain to remain open for climbers and those who think it's not worth the risk. A Nepal government spokesman, cognizant of... More »

A Week Later, Nepal Rescues 101-Year-Old

Funchu Tamang pulled from rubble of his home, has only minor injuries

(Newser) - Living to age 101 is a miracle most people don't see, but living to 101 and then surviving a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has now claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people is the miracle that is Funchu Tamang, who Sky News reports was plucked from... More »

How Nepal's Quake Hurts Sherpas

Everest guides will lose chunk of wages

(Newser) - Yet another casualty of Nepal's disastrous earthquake: lost wages for Sherpas. The locals who help hundreds scale Mount Everest each year will lose out on some of the $5,000 to $7,000 plus tips they typically earn from March to June since "Everest is basically closed,"... More »

Everest Is a Little Smaller Now

Earthquake shrank it by about an inch, while Kathmandu area rose 3 feet

(Newser) - Future climbers won't notice, but Mount Everest is a tiny bit shorter because of the earthquake in Nepal. Radar images show that it shrank about an inch, reports the Weather Channel . The change may have been greater had the world's tallest peak been directly above the fault line,... More »

Nepal Pulls 2nd Miracle Survivor From Rubble

Women rescued just blocks from teenage boy earlier today

(Newser) - A second burst of joy for Nepal as a woman was pulled from the rubble of a Kathmandu hotel that collapsed on Saturday. "She was injured but she was conscious and talking," a Nepal army major tells AFP . "It is as though she had been born again.... More »

Nepal Miracle: Singing, Dazed Teen Rescued After 5 Days

Man, 18, was dehydrated but otherwise uninjured

(Newser) - Finally, a glimmer of good news is emerging from the grim in Nepal as the quake's death toll tops 5,500, USA Today reports. Jubilant rescuers pulled an 18-year-old man from the remains of a Kathmandu building today, five days after it collapsed around him, the AP reports. While... More »

Man Pulled From Nepal Rubble Drank Urine to Survive

Aid finally reaching hardest-hit areas

(Newser) - These are desperate times in Nepal, where officials say the death toll from Saturday's earthquake has now passed 5,000, but stories of hope are still emerging from the devastation. In Kathmandu, a French rescue team helped pull a survivor from the ruins of a building yesterday after he... More »

White House Offers Quake Sympathy, but Not to Tibet

Press secretary mentions only Nepal, India, Bangladesh

(Newser) - The Nepal earthquake also caused deaths in other countries, including dozens in Tibet—but Tibet didn't get the White House's condolences yesterday. During a press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted that the US government offered its "deepest condolences to … the families of those who died... More »

Battered Nepal Will See Months of Aftershocks

As PM warns that death toll could reach 10K

(Newser) - A couple and their four daughters are among thousands in camps in Nepal, surviving on instant noodles, after Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake . Though their home wasn't badly damaged, the man tells the BBC they won't soon return to it. "We've heard all these rumors... More »

High Up Everest, a Massive, Tricky Rescue Continues

At least 180 pulled off mountain by helicopter so far

(Newser) - In the wake of Nepal's nightmare earthquake , a group of Americans was among hundreds of people left stranded on the world's tallest mountain, ABC News reports, and their base camp doctor was among three Americans killed. "We have been up here at Camp 2 hanging tough, but... More »

Survivors Flee Kathmandu as Quake Toll Tops 3.7K

Disease fears rise as food, water runs out

(Newser) - Aftershocks from Saturday's devastating earthquake are still shaking Kathmandu, and while more aid is starting to arrive, a lot of people are trying their best to get out of the Nepalese capital. Roads out of the city are jammed, and for a second night, hundreds of thousands of people... More »

Nepal Toll Hits 2,200

As first avalanche survivors are flown off Everest

(Newser) - A powerful aftershock shook Nepal today, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left more than 2,200 people dead. The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the magnitude 6.7 aftershock pummeled the capital city this... More »

Experts Met to Plan for Nepal Quake—Last Week

50 scientists from around the world came together to talk about Kathmandu's risk

(Newser) - Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a... More »

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