Aftermath of the Earthquake in Nepal

The most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake, the 2015 Nepal earthquake is believed to have killed more than 6100 people as on 29th April 2015. The earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015 at 11:56 a.m. NST (06:11:26 UTC) at a depth of approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) ,with its epicenter approximately 34 km (21 mi) east-southeast of Lamjung, Nepal, lasting approximately twenty seconds.

Nepal's historic landmarks Dharahara after the quake. © cnn

Nepal’s historic landmarks Dharahara after the quake. © cnn

The earthquake was firstly reported as 7.5 Mw by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) before it was promptly upgraded to 7.9 Mw and finally downgraded to 7.8 Mw. The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) reported the earthquake’s magnitude to be 8.1 Mw.

A major aftershock of magnitude 6.7 M occurred on 26 April 2015 in the same region at 12:55 NST (07:09 UTC), with an epicenter located about 17 km (11 mi) south of Kodari, Nepal causing  fresh avalanches on Mount Everest.


Aftermath

The Prime Minister of  Nepal, Sushil Koirala, has said that the number of causalities could reach 10,000. Hundreds of people are still considered missing and more than 450,000 are displaced

Avalanches on Mount Everest have killed at least 19 climbers, including Google  executive Dan Fredinburg, with dozens injured or missing. Whereas In the Langtang valley, around 250 people have been account missing after a enormous avalanche that resulted in the village of Langtang being totaly wiped out

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu durbar square after the earthquake. Image © dailymail.co.uk

 In Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square a UNESCO World Heritage Site, collapsed, as did the Dharahara tower. Several temples, including Kasthamandap, Panchtale temple, the nine-storey Basantapur Durbar, the Dasa Avtar temple were demolished by the quake. Other monuments, including the Kumari Temple and the Taleju Bhawani Temple have partially collapsed.The top of the Jay Bageshwori Temple in Gaushala and some parts of the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Ratna Mandir, inside Rani Pokhari, and Durbar High School have been destroyed. In Tripureshwor, the Kal Mochan Ghat, a temple inspired by Mughal architecture, was completely destroyed and the nearby Tripura Sundari also suffered significant damage.

Patan Durbar Square after the Earthquake © interserve.org.au

Patan Durbar Square after the Earthquake © interserve.org.au

In Patan, the Char Narayan Mandir, the statue of Yog Narendra Malla, a pati inside Patan Durbar Square, the Taleju Temple, the Hari Shanker, Uma Maheshwor Temple and the Machhindranath Temple in Bungmati were destroyed.

In Bhaktapur, several monuments, including the Fasi Deva temple, the Chardham temple and the 17th century Vatsala Durga Temple, were destroyed.

Outside the Valley, the Manakamana Temple in Gorkha, the Gorkha Durbar, the Palanchowk Bhagwati, in Kavrepalanchowk District, the Rani Mahal in Palpa District, the Janaki Mandir in Janakpur, the Churiyamai in Makwanpur District, the Dolakha Bhimsensthan in Dolakha District, and the Nuwakot Durbar were moderately destroyed.


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