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Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Climbs to 7,365

Posted by feww on May 4, 2015

Deadly quake affects 8m Nepalese

Death toll in Nepal’s April 25 earthquake has climbed to 7,365 with at least 14,366 others injured, said the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday.

Meantime, the police and local volunteers found 115 bodies thought to be trekkers and villagers who were buried in snow and ice after the devastating earthquake and strong aftershocks triggered multiple avalanches.

The bodies were recovered from the Langtang village, about 60 kilometers north of the capital, Kathmandu, over the weekend. The entire village, with up to 60 guesthouses, was razed by an avalanche, officials said.

The avalanches have also damaged the routes on Mt Everest making it “almost impossible” to climb the mountain this season.

The deadly quake has affected about 8 million people (Nepal has a population of 28 million), destroying or damaging more than 600,000 houses across the country, according to the latest figures released by the UN/ Nepalese officials.

The quake has destroyed up to 90 per cent of the houses in Gorkha and Sindupalchowk districts, said a UN report.

“Across large parts of Dhading, Dolakha, Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts, more than 80 percent of houses have been flattened.”

The worst affected areas are the 13 districts of Bhaktapur, Dolakha, Dhading, Gorkha, Kabhrepalanchowk, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Rasuwa, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchowk; however, damage has also been reported in Kavre, Okhaldhunga and Solukhumbu districts.

 

 

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Nepal Earthquake Update – April 29, 2015

Posted by feww on April 29, 2015

8 Million people affected, 5,000 dead, 11,000 injured after Nepal earthquake 

Death toll from the 7.8-magnitude quake and its strong aftershocks, which also triggered deadly avalanches on Mt Everest, has now reached 5,057 with 10,915 others injured in Nepal, as of posting.

Some 454,769 people have been displaced, according to Nepal’s Home Ministry.

Up to a 100 people have also been reported dead in India and Tibet with dozen of others injured.

More than 8 million people in 39 districts have been affected, of which over 2 million live in the 11 most severely hit districts, a report quoted officials as saying.

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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).

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

Historic Earthquakes

23 quakes since 1900 - usge archives
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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