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Three Americans Among Dead in Nepal Earthquake


ABC News(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Three Americans were among the thousands killed in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal's capital on Saturday. The State Department hasn't identified any of the three, but two of the Americans were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by the magnitude 7.8-earthquake near Kathmandu. Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was also killed in the avalanche. Girawong, a physician's assistant, had attended school in Chicago and focused on trauma and wilderness medicine, said Madison Mountaineering. An avid rock climber and mountaineer, she had reached the summits of Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier. The earthquake has killed more than 2,100.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Americans in Nepal Describe Massive Earthquake and Devastating Aftermath


Abigail Hunter (BAKTAPUR, Nepal) -- An American traveling in Nepal described the moment a massive earthquake hit Saturday, as she witnessed "the whole ground, all the temples... moving at once." "It was huge. Everyone felt it," Abigail Hunter said. "A lot of screaming going on, a lot of bricks coming down." Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee, is traveling in Baktapur, about 30 minutes away from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. More than 2,100 people are dead and the death toll is expected to rise. Hunter said she saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances. "The streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust," she said. "[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust." A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour after the initial earthquake and smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours. During the aftershocks, "Lots of people [were] praying to the actual temples," Hunter said. Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside. "Everyone was very scared," she said. "Lots of crying, families trying to find each other." "I'm from California, I've felt smaller earthquakes before but [I've never] felt anything like this," Hunter said. Now in the earthquake's aftermath, Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, another American visiting Bhaktapur, said water wasn't flowing and most of the remaining food was dried junk food and crackers. He said he wandered around in search for something to eat until he came upon a restaurant. "A restaurant owner filled us up -- all of our bottles -- and gave us potatoes, bread, and chicken, refused payment adamantly," he said. "I was actually moved to tears."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Jumps Over 2,100


Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Rescue crews were racing to pull survivors from the rubble on Sunday after a powerful earthquake struck Nepal, even as officials said the death toll had soared over 2,100. The earthquake hit about 50 miles northwest of the capital of Kathmandu just before noon local time on Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude-7.8 quake toppled temples and triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest. At least 2,100 people have been killed, the Nepal Interior Ministry told ABC News on Sunday. More than 1,000 others were injured, said the country's finance minister, Ram Sharan Mahat. At least 51 were also killed in India, 17 in Tibet, two in Bangladesh and two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Sanjay Karki, country director of Mercy Corps in Nepal, said the ground was still shaking and there were predictions that another strong quake could come. "The hospital has been overflooded with casualties," Karki said. "People just emptying their houses and you know, coming to open spaces, with blankets, with the children and all." According to the United Nations, nearly 5 million people were impacted by the earthquake, which was believed to be the worst earthquake in Nepal in more than 80 years. Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in Bhaktapur, saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances. The earthquake reduced many of the temples inside the city about 30 minutes away from the capital to rubble, she said, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city. "The streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust," said Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee. "[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust." A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour after the initial earthquake and smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours. Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside. "Everyone was very scared," she said. "Lots of crying, families trying to find each other." [CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL]Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, another American visiting Bhaktapur, said water wasn't flowing in the city and most of the remaining food was dried junk food and crackers. He said he wandered around in search for something to eat until he came upon a restaurant. "A restaurant owner filled us up -- all of our bottles -- and gave us potatoes, bread, and chicken, refused payment adamantly," he said. "I was actually moved to tears." Weiner-Kaplow said most Nepalis were planning to sleep outside tonight, believing their homes were unsafe if another earthquake struck.The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least 10 climbers and guides and injured many more. David Arvan, who was set to climb Mt. Everest, said he immediately realized it was an earthquake, after having felt quakes before living in California. "We sought shelter under a concave boulder until it subsided," he told ABC News by email. "Some people were crying in fear during all the rumbling." Azim Afif, a climber from Malaysia, was at a base camp when the quake hit and everything in his tent starting shaking. "We go out and we see a big snowstorm coming to us," he said, adding that he saw "white, nothing else than white." "We are very lucky to survive," Afif said. The U.S. government is providing $1 million in assistance, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal. Disaster relief teams are en route. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement, "To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time." The Pakistan Army also said it is sending relief teams. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chilean Volcano Forces Thousands From Homes


zapatisthack/iStock/Thinkstock(ENSENADA, Chile) -- Chileans are digging out from under 15 inches of heavy inches of heavy ash, after twin eruptions from the Calbuco volcano Wednesday and Thursday spewed smoke, ash and lava 6 miles high. More than 6,500 people have been evacuated from towns within 12 miles of the volcano, which had been dormant for more than 40 years. Authorities worry there could be addition eruptions to come, as attention also turns to the weather. Rain is forecast in the area over the next several days, which could solidify the thick layer of ash and ravel into rock-hard cement.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dispute Over Marijuana Dispensaries Heats Up in Canada


RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The Canadian government and city of Vancouver are at odds over the regulation of marijuana dispensaries.Earlier this week, Vancouver city officials announced a plan to regulate stores that sell medical marijuana. The stores are technically illegal, but about 80 have opened up in the city, CBC News reports.Vancouver officials want to regulate them and charge $30,000 to pay for enforcement of those rules, but lawmakers in the country’s capital say that will legitimize pot, encouraging young people to smoke it. "Don't do it. There's no need for these storefront dispensaries,” said Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Friday.Vancouver’s city council is expected to vote on the motion next week.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Seven Things You May Not Know About the Royal Family


Photo by Ian Gavan/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The anticipation of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second baby is at a fever pitch, as the people of Great Britain and the rest of the world wait to find out all they can about the coming bundle of joy and latest addition to the royal family. In the meantime, here are some lesser-known facts about the royals while you await Kate’s second child and future “royal spare.” 1 – Queen Elizabeth II has been head of the monarchy for more than 60 years, since 1952. She would pass Queen Victoria in September as having the longest reign of any king or queen of the British monarchy. The queen is also the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror wore the crown. Her coronation was June 2, 1953. 2 – Buckingham Palace is the queen's official London residence, but St. James's Palace is the ceremonial residence, according to the official site of the British monarchy. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. 3 – The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents both worked for British Airways before founding Party Pieces, a party supply store, in 1987. “I came up with the idea for Party Pieces when I was looking for party paraphernalia for my own children’s parties,” Carole Middleton wrote in a blog for Party Pieces. “It was impossible to find anything easily in the shops and trying to find value for money party bag presents was a complete nightmare!” 4 – During her reign as queen, Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Welsh corgis. According to the monarchy’s official website, “For her eighteenth birthday, The Queen was given a Corgi named Susan from whom numerous successive dogs were bred.” 5 – The queen not only owns Balmoral Castle, stud farms, a fruit farm, personal art and a fine collection of jewels, but she also own the Royal Philatelic Collection, one of the world’s largest stamp collections started in the 1800s, according to Forbes. 6 – Rowan Atkinson, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Guy Richie and singer Joss Stone attended William’s 2011 wedding to Kate. 7 – The queen has a long history with high fashion. Over her long, illustrious reign, Elizabeth II has had several designers, including Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Ian Thomas, Maureen Rose and Karl Ludwig. Angela Kelly now works as the queen’s dresser and is one of her closest confidantes.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

At Least 1,400 Believed Dead After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal


Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- A massive earthquake near the capital of Nepal killed at least 1,457 people on Saturday as it collapsed temples and triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest. The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll, estimated by the Nepalese Army, was expected to rise, said officials. Another 1,055 were injured, said the country's finance minister, Ram Sharan Mahat.Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in Baktapur, saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances. The earthquake reduced many of the temples inside the city about 30 minutes away from the capital to rubble, she said, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city. "The streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust," said Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee. "[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust." A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour after the initial earthquake and smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours. Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside. "Everyone was very scared," she said. "Lots of crying, families trying to find each other." Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, another American visiting Baktapur, said water wasn't flowing in the city and most of the remaining food was dried junk food and crackers. He wandered around in search for something to eat until he came upon a restaurant. "A restaurant owner filled us up - all of our bottles - and gave us potatoes, bread, and chicken, refused payment adamantly," he said. "I was actually moved to tears." Weiner-Kaplow said most Nepalis slept outside, believing their homes were unsafe if another earthquake struck.The quake also killed 34 in India, six in Tibet, two in Bangladesh, and two on the Nepal-China border. The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least ten climbers and guides and injured many more. David Arvan, who was set to climb Mt. Everest, said he immediately recognized the earthquake after living in California. "We sought shelter under a concave boulder until it subsided," he told ABC News by email. "Some people were crying in fear during all the rumbling." Azim Afif, a climber from Malaysia, was at a base camp when the quake hit and everything in his tent starting shaking. "We go out and we see a big snowstorm coming to us," he said, adding that he saw "white, nothing else than white." "We are very lucky to survive," Afif said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Embraces Former Nazi Guard Oskar Groning


RONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images(LUENEBURG, Germany) -- In a moving moment, former Nazi guard Oskar Gröning embraced Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, a witness in the case against him. Gröning, 93, who is on trial in Germany, kissed 81-year-old Kor on the cheek, according to The Times, and then the two hugged. Kor, an Auschwitz survivor, tweeted about the interaction. She shared a photo of them, describing it as "two old people reaching out." I am sharing with you my face to face meeting with Oskar Groening the former Nazi guard. Two old people reaching out pic.twitter.com/XlooNvPpQ1— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) April 23, 2015  I met Oskar Groening, introduced myself reached to shake his hand-he grabbed my arm & fainted-I screamed 4 help. It was a strange reaction!!— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) April 21, 2015Kor said the hug wasn't planned, according to The Times. “This shows that former enemies can get along as human beings," Kor said, according to The Times. "What on Earth do we want to tell the world? Killing each other has never created anything good. I want to teach young people that even former Nazis and survivors can get along.” On Kor's blog, she described what it was like when Gröning kissed her on the cheek: "Well I probably wouldn't have gone that far, but I guess it is better than what he would have done to me 70 years ago." Kor testified Wednesday, recalling the medical experiments she endured while at Auschwitz, The Times said. It was not immediately clear when the hug occurred. Kor's blog post concluded, "My idea is for people from the victims' side and people from the perpetrators' side to come together, face the truth, try to heal, and work together to prevent it from ever happening again." Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hundreds Dead After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal


Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- At least 688 people were killed after a massive earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, collapsing centuries-old temples and triggering avalanches on Mt. Everest. The magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Images of the country show extensive damage with many buildings crumbling as a result of the quake. Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in Baktapur, saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances. The earthquake reduced many of the temples inside the city to rubble, she said, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city. "Buildings here are mostly old, brick buildings and the streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust," said Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee. "[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust." A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour later. Smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours.The earthquake triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest, where eight bodies have been recovered, an official with Nepal's mountaineering department said. The quake also killed 20 in India, six in Tibet, two in Bangladesh, and two Chinese citizens on the Nepal-China border.David Arvan, who was visiting Nepal with family and friends, said he immediately recognized the earthquake having lived in California. "We sought shelter under a concave boulder until it subsided," Arvan told ABC News by email. "Some people were crying in fear during all the rumbling."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chile Volcano Eruption: Hiker Witnesses Exact Moment Calbuco Erupts


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(PUERTO VARAS, Chile) -- The exact moment Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by a man hiking in Llanquigue National Reserve, according to the video's description. The video shows a forest area with gentle waterfalls that appears to be a distance away from the foot of the 6,500-foot-high volcano. After 28 seconds pass, the volcano erupts, sending a billowing cloud of smoke and ash into the air. "Wow!" a man can be heard saying in the video, uploaded Thursday.The video was uploaded by a user under the name Walter Witt. He did not immediately respond to ABC News' message requesting additional comment.Calbuco erupted twice this week -- once on Wednesday and again on Thursday -- and Chile's national geology and mining service also warned people to prepare for a possible third and "even more aggressive eruption." Around 4,000 residents in nearby towns were forced to evacuate due to raining ash blanketing their neighborhoods. This week was the first time the volcano has erupted since 1973, officials said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch What Happens When a Donut Goes to Space


iStock/Thinkstock(ASKIM, Norway) -– It's one small step for man, but one giant leap for pastry lovers everywhere. Two Swedish brothers took a weather balloon and used it to send what they're calling the first ever donut in space. A camera shows the pink frosted donut with sprinkles as it appears to take its helium-fueled ride high into the sky. The land below appears smaller and smaller as the donut makes its ascent.Once it reaches a point 20 miles up in the stratosphere, it appears the weather balloon pops sending the perfect pastry and the other equipment on board in a free-fall back to Earth. The donut met a tragic end when it splashed down into a lake, according to the video. The soggy pastry and its accompanying equipment were recovered by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. The donut may have been dampened, but the spirits of the two brothers who pulled off the apparent feat were anything but. The duo posted a video a few days after their stunt where they sampled the space donut while preserving the rest of the pastry for posterity.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Detainee Bail


John Moore/Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- A Canadian, once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo, was freed on bail Friday by a court.Omar Khadr was freed by a judge in Edmonton after spending nearly half his life in custody. Khadr was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, accused of killing a U.S. soldier.He was later sentenced to 40 years in prison by a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay in 2010 but, as part of his plea deal, his sentence was limited to eight years. Khadr was transferred back to Canada in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence.He’s been freed on bail while his Guantanamo conviction is being challenged by the Canadian government in a Washington court.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.