Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nepal Earthquake: The Basics

Where is Nepal? Here (link to Google map; click for large map in new window). North of India, south of China (Tibet). Government less than stable.

Quake basics from AP via TPM, reported by Gregory Katz,
  • Magnitude: 7.8
  • Location: here. Location includes capital Kathmandu (heavily populated) and Mt. Everest. Worst quake in Nepal in 8 decades
  • Time of quake: 2015-04-25 06:11:26 (UTC)
  • Deaths: 906 reported early; likely 1,000 to 100,000 expected
I'd suggest checking your usual disaster response charities to see what they're doing, but at this point, information is probably sparse.


  1. Nepal: Deadly Kathmandu earthquake as seen by CCTV(1min, 29sec)

    1. Thanks, Enfant. This is a tragedy that clearly cannot be remedied in a day or a week, or a month, or maybe even a year. I've been away from home most of the day, so it may be a while before I can follow up. Hope for the best...

  2. I don't understand why US media companies can't show maps to give people some idea of where places are in the world. There was a woman in the doctor's office was wondering where Nepal was, and I spent 10 minutes trying to explain what would have been obvious if the clowns at CNN had just put up a world map during their story. In the end she felt satisfied that it was the Asian country in which Mt Everest was located. She knew about Mt Everest.

    1. Bryan, there was real irony in my not knowing where to look for Nepal on the map. Goodness knows I am familiar with it culturally... the names Kathmandu and Everest assure that familiarity, and I was hardly surprised to find that I knew the culinary delights of surrounding countries. But no one in my school days ever pointed to a map and said to me, "Nepal." That seems a shame to me: there are fewer than 200 countries in the world, and even allowing for those countries' instability, our children should hear their names at least once in the course of their schooling.

      Or am I just turning into a grouchy old crank with unreasonable expectations? :-)

  3. I was able to live in Nepal and Kathmandu during the mid sixties before it could even claim to be 'modern' I think the only flush toilet was in the royal Palace. What a magnificent city and generous people. I will always hold those experiences deeply in my heart.

    1. That sounds fascinating, Michael... and I say that as one who is very partial to flush toilets! :-) Seriously, as the death toll rises by the hour, the depth of the tragedy emerges for everyone to see. I hope the world responds with help of all kinds.



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