A high magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday morning. Recorded at a high 7.9 magnitude, according to USGS, the quake epicentre was 83 km northwest of Kathmandu and has cause widespread damage as the death toll continues to mount. Northern and eastern parts of India, including Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Haridwar and Patna, felt earthquake tremors as well for about a minute at 11.44 am.

A collapsed building is pictured after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 25 | Source: Reuters

The earthquake has damaged some houses in Kathmandu including a UNESCO World Heritage site and the centuries-old Dharhara tower in the heart of the capital trapping scores of people.

According to the Nepalese government officials the latest toll stands at 688. The toll is expected to rise.

Here are the major earthquakes in the last 15 years:

Feb 27, 2015 : magnitude 5.4, northwest Pakistan, 5 injured

March 30, 2015 : magnitude 7.7, Papua New Guinea coast, no casualties

April 24, 2015 : magnitude 5.9, New Zealand, no major damage

People survey a site damaged by an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal | Source: Reuters

Aug 4, 2014: 6.1 magnitude, southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, 367 people killed and 1,881 people injured.

Aug 21, 2014 : 5.0 magnitude, Himachal Pradesh, India, no casualties

Nov 15, 2014 : 7.1 magnitude, eastern Indonesia, no casualties

Nov 23, 2014 : 6.7-magnitude, Nagano City and Hakuba village in Japan, 39 injured, 10 homes damaged

Nov 23, 2014 : 6.3-magnitude, Sichuan Province, China, 80,000 affected.

A security personnel stands near a collapsed house after an earthquake in Siliguri, India, April 25, 2015 | Source: Reuters

Nov 7, 2012 : Guatemala and Mexico; 7.4 magnitude; 139 dead

Aug 11, 2012 : East Azerbaijan and Iran; 6.4 magnitude; 306 dead

Oct 23, 2011 : Van, Turkey; 7.2 magnitude; 604 dead

March 11, 2011 : 9.0 magnitude quake triggers devastating Tsunami off-NE Japan; 19,000 dead or missing.

Feb 22, 2011 : Christchurch, New Zealand; 6.3 magnitude; 185 dead

April 14, 2010 : Qinghai province in China; 6.9 magnitude; more than 400 dead

An injured boy is taken to a ward inside a hospital after an earthquake in Siliguri | Reuters Photo

Feb 27, 2010 : Chile; 8.8 magnitude; more than 450 dead

Jan 12, 2010 : Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 7.0 magnitude; about 230,000 dead

Sept 29, 2009 : Sumatra, Indonesia; 7.9 magnitude; 1,000

April 6, 2009 : La'Aquila, Italy; 6.3 magnitude; 300 dead

Oct 29, 2008 : Quetta, Pakistan; 6.4 magnitude; 300 dead

May 12, 2008 : Sichuan province in China; 8.0 magnitude; 87,000 dead or missing

Aug 15, 2007 : Lima, Peru; 519 dead

A car is seen next to a collapsed house, after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal | Reuters Photo

May 27, 2006 : Java, Indonesia; 6.2 magnitude; more than 5,700 dead

Oct 8, 2005 : Pakistan-occupied Kashmir; 7.6 magnitude; 73,000 dead

Dec 26, 2004 : 9.2 magnitude quake in Indian Ocean unleashes Tsunami; 220,000 dead

Dec 26, 2003 : Bam, Iran; more than 26,000 dead

Jan 26, 2001 : Bhuj, Gujarat; 7.9 magnitude; about 20,000 dead

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