An old friend of mine is involved in missionary work. That work has him traveling a good deal. (It's more short-term work than long-term work.)
Over the weekend, I saw (on his FaceBook feed) a note that he'd left Nepal earlier than planned. Then there was a note that he is now happy that he was safe. And that it feels odd that he is looking at pictures of old buildings from Kathmandu...which are now destroyed. Less than a week after he took them.
That's one way to learn about a big earthquake in Nepal...
I'm saddened by the news that so many people have died. And that so many remote villages in the mountains were likely flattened by this quake.