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Significant Aftershock Strikes Nepal – UPDATE # 2

Posted by feww on May 17, 2015

UPDATE and Correction

M5.7 aftershock occurs 76km ESE of Kathmandu, Nepal

Centered at 27.546°N, 86.075°E the aftershock occurred at a depth of about 10km, reported USGS/EHP.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Nepal Earthquakes Casualty Toll – Latest Update

Death toll from Nepal’s May 12 earthquake has risen to 136, bringing the total number of fatalities from the seismicity in the country since April 25 to 8,485 and the number of injured to 101,182, said Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs in its May 16 update.

Nepal Earthquakes: List of events since April 25, 2015

  1. M5.7, 24km N of Ramechhap, Nepal 2015-05-16 11:34:10 UTC depth=10.0 km
  2. M6.3, 33km NNE of Ramechhap, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:36:53 UTC depth=15.0 km
  3. M7.3, 18km SE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:05:19 UTC depth=15.0 km
  4. M6.7, 19km SSE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-04-26 07:09:10 UTC depth=17.3 km
  5. M6.6, 49km E of Lamjung, Nepal 2015-04-25 06:45:21 UTC depth=14.6 km
  6. M6.1, 1km E of Banepa, Nepal 2015-04-25 06:15:22 UTC depth=10.0 km
  7. M7.8, 34km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal 2015-04-25 06:11:26 UTC depth=15.0 km

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M7.3 Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Posted by feww on May 12, 2015

Powerful quake strikes 76km ENE of Kathmandu, Nepal

Centered at 27.837°N, 86.077°E the quake occurred at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

USGS models show possible fatalities of up to 1,000, with damages estimated at up to $100 million.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 7.3Mw
Location: 27.837°N, 86.077°E
Depth: 15.0 km (9.3 mi)
Time: 2015-05-12 07:05:19 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 18km (11mi) SE of Kodari, Nepal
  • 59km (37mi) ENE of Banepa, Nepal
  • 62km (39mi) ENE of Panaoti, Nepal
  • 76km (47mi) ENE of Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 77km (48mi) ENE of Patan, Nepal

At least 6 significant aftershocks, including a M6.3Mw, have occurred as of posting.

5.2Mw 28km SSE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 08:21:10 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.1Mw 19km SW of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 08:13:54 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.0Mw 34km S of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 08:06:07 UTC depth=15.0 km
6.3Mw 33km NNE of Ramechhap, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:36:53 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.4Mw 36km SSW of Zuobude, China 2015-05-12 07:34:22 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.6Mw 25km SE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:17:20 UTC depth=10.0 km

The devastating 7.8-magnitude quake (28.147°N, 84.708°E), which occurred at a similar depth on April 25, killed more than 8,000, injuring an estimated 18,000 others and affecting the lives of 8 million people across a vast region.

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Nepal Earthquake Update – April 27, 2015

Posted by feww on April 27, 2015

Entire villages razed by earthquakes, 10,000 dead or injured,

The 7.8-magnitude quake, and its strong aftershocks, which also triggered deadly avalanches on Mt Everest, have killed about 3,500 people and left more than 6,500 injured, as of posting.

It’s feared that the earthquakes may have razed dozens of villages and destroyed entire communities throughout the country and beyond; however, full extent of the damage and final causality toll may not be known for days, possibly weeks, due to the remoteness of those areas in mountainous region.

“Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it’s not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls,” said a charity organizer.

Meantime, more aftershocks are expected to strike the region along the subduction zone where the Indian plate is sliding under the Eurasian plate (see map).

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Nepal Earthquakes. Indian Plate Subduction Zone. Original map sourced from USGS, enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

Historic Earthquakes

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At least 23 earthquakes measuring ≥7.0Mw have struck the map area since 1900 (global total: 1,318). The latest quake in Nepal is highlighted in yellow. Sourced from USGS earthquake archives.

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M6.7 Aftershock Rattles Nepal Disaster Zone

Posted by feww on April 26, 2015

Strong aftershock strikes S of Kodari, Nepal

Centered at 27.794°N, 85.974°E the destructive aftershock occurred at a depth of 10km, about 17km south of Kodari (elev.: 2,315m) USGS/EHP reported.

The event was the 33rd aftershock measuring ≥ 4.5Mw to strike the disaster zone created by the deadly 7.8Mw earthquake on Saturday.

The death toll has now exceeded 2,000 with more than 5,000 others injured, according to various reports.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.7Mw
Location: 27.794°N, 85.974°E; depth: 10km
Date/Time: 2015-04-26 at 07:09:08 (UTC)
Nearby Cities (Nepal)

  • 17km (11mi) S of Kodari (pop: ~ 2,000)
  • 48km (30mi) ENE of Banepa(pop: ~ 28,000)
  • 51km (32mi) ENE of Panaoti  (pop: ~ 29,000)
  • 65km (40mi) E of Kathmandu (pop: ~ 1.6 million)
  • 66km (41mi) ENE of Patan (pop: ~ 245,000 )

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Nepal Quake Death Toll Nears 2,000

Posted by feww on April 26, 2015

Death toll mounting amid Nepal’s worst earthquake in 8 decades

  • Fatalities: About 2,000 and counting
  • Injuries: About 5,000 as of posting

Dozens of fatalities have also been reported in India, Bangladesh, China Tibet and on Mount Everest, where the quake aftershocks triggered several avalanches.

At least 18 people were killed on Mt Everest and dozens more injured when an avalanche buried part of the base camp under snow.

Hundreds of foreigners, including Canadians, Britons and Australians, are reported as missing (unaccounted for) across Nepal, and on the Himalayas/Mt Everest.

It is the worst earthquake to strike Nepal since a magnitude 8.0 event (26.885°N, 86.589°E depth=15km)  on January 15, 1934, which killed about 10,500 people.

[Details of the 1934 quake were sourced from  ISCGEM via USGS/EHP search.]

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Nepal Death Toll Mounting

Posted by feww on April 25, 2015

Powerful quake leaves trails of death and destruction in Nepal, India, Tibet, Bangladesh

The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has now reached 876, various sources quoted police spokesman as saying.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. At least 25 aftershocks measuring magnitude 4.2Mw or greater had occurred as of posting, with 22 shocks measuring ≥ 4.5Mw.

Tibet
An avalanche on Mt Everest, triggered by a magnitude 5.7Mw aftershock near Xegar (28.428°N, 87.338°E), has killed at least 10 people, said the Tourism Ministry in Kathmandu, adding that the toll was expected to mount because more than 1,000 climbers were on the mountain.

At least half dozen others were killed in Tibet, as a result of the quake and the aftershocks.

India
Indian authorities have confirmed 38 fatalities, as of posting.

Bangladesh
Bangladesh police said a man was killed in the quake.

The number of injured is not known, but could be in the thousands.

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Deadly Earthquake Devastates Nepal

Posted by feww on April 25, 2015

UPDATED

About 500 killed, many more injured

The deadly quake that struck about 77km (48mi) NW of Kathmandu earlier today has been confirmed as a magnitude 7.8Mw shock, said USGS/EHP.

The powerful quake, and more than a dozen aftershocks, have claimed about 500 lives and left many more injured, according to Nepalese officials.

“Hundreds of people are feared dead and there are reports of widespread damage to property. The devastation is not confined to some areas of Nepal. Almost the entire country has been hit,” said a senior diplomat at Nepal’s embassy in New Delhi, India.

According to revised estimates by USGS, the total no of fatalities may be between 1,000 and 10,000.

“Red alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. High casualties and extensive damage are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past red alerts have required a national or international response,” said USGS/EHP.

The estimated economic losses have also been revised to between $1 and $10 billion.

“Estimated economic losses are 9-50% GDP of Nepal,” said USGS/EHP.

EQ Revised Details

Magnitude:  7.8Mw
Location: 28.147°N 84.708°E
Depth: 15.0 km
Time: 2015-04-25 06:11:26 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 34km (21mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
  • 58km (36mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  • 73km (45mi) E of Pokhara, Nepal
  • 76km (47mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  • 77km (48mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Posted by feww on April 25, 2015

UPDATED

M7.9 quake, major aftershock, strike ESE of Lamjung, Nepal

Centered at 28.131°N, 84.649°E the quake struck at a depth of 15.0 km, USGS/EHP reported.

At least four significant aftershocks, with the largest  measuring 7.1Mw, have followed as of 07:13UTC.

The quakes, which occurred 81km NW of Kathmandu, may have caused mass casualties and large scale damage.

Tremors were felt the Indian capital Delhi as well as other cities throughout northern India.

According to the USGS models, estimated fatalities may be as many as 1,000, with the economic losses estimated at up to $1.o billion.

Aftershocks as of 07:14UTC
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Source: http://www.emsc-csem.org

 Details of Mainshock [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 7.9Mw
Location: 28.131°N 84.649°E
Depth: 15.0 km
Time: 2015-04-25 at 06:11:26 (UTC)

Nearby Cities:

  • 29km (18mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
  • 53km (33mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  • 68km (42mi) ESE of Pokhara, Nepal
  • 79km (49mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  • 81km (50mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

 

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