Nepal earthquake of 2015

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Nepal earthquake 2015

Nepal earthquake of 2015, also called Gorkha earthquake, severe earthquake that struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal on April 25, 2015. About 9,000 people were killed, many thousands more were injured, and more than 600,000 structures in Kathmandu and other nearby towns were either damaged or destroyed.

The Nepal earthquake was felt throughout central and eastern Nepal, much of the Ganges River plain in northern India, and northwestern Bangladesh, as well as in the southern parts of the Plateau of Tibet and western Bhutan.

The initial shock, which registered a moment magnitude of 7.8, struck shortly before noon local time (about 06:11 am Greenwich Mean Time). Its epicenter was about 21 miles (34 km) east-southeast of Lamjung and 48 miles (77 km) northwest of Kathmandu, and its focus was 9.3 miles (about 15 km) underground.


nepal earthquake 2015

The Nepal earthquake had 2 large aftershocks, with magnitudes 6.6 and 6.7, shook the region within one hour of the main quake, and several dozen smaller aftershocks occurred in the region during the succeeding days. On May 12 a magnitude-7.3 aftershock struck some 76 km (47 miles) east-northeast of Kathmandu, killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 1,900.

Nepal, well known for its rich cultural heritage and extreme tourism, is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. The damage done by the quake put a strain on its citizens that will last for many years.

Here are some statistics behind the Nepal earthquake disaster. Sources include the Nepalese government, Asia Development Bank, UNICEF and the Red Cross-led partnership Shelter Cluster:

  • 8,856 Deaths
  • 22,309 Reported injuries
  • 185,099Dwellings damaged
  • 6,430 Government buildings damaged
  • Nearly 1 million children left with no school
  • 956 Hospitals and clinics damaged
  • 700,000 People pushed into poverty by the quake
  • 3.7 million: People received humanitarian aid
  • $6.6 billion Total estimated cost for reconstruction

Nepal earthquake destroyed or at least damaged some of the trekking routes. In particular, the trek to Langtang Valley was severely damaged but since has been fully recovered and no sign of the earthquake is seen. Some buildings like hotels and tea houses are still being repaired or rebuilt which provide good facilities for trekkers.