Reports of a large earthquake near Pokhara are being received. The 7.5 magnitude event which struck just before noon local time (6.11am UK) was centred on Taplejung in central Nepal, not far from the country’s capital Kathmandu.
Buildings in Kathmandu have collapsed and many roads are closed. There are no details at this stage regarding the number of expected casualties.
The effects were reportedly felt as far away as northern India in Delhi.