This is my second attempt at a round up post of various links on and about the devastation happening in Nepal, India, the Himalayas, and Tibet. Many are just a round up of links and lists to other in depth articles. As usual Google and Twitter are your go to places for the latest up dates.
I won’t comment on what a terrible tragedy this is. Anyone who doesn’t have a soul made of stone must realize how terrible things are in that region of the world. Things are being made worse by weather, the terrain, and, as always, the lack of governmental cohesion.
By now, of course, many of you will have heard the siren call of various agencies asking for donations. May I advise caution? Already there are reports of so-called Christian missionaries offering aid, but really seeking mass conversion. Can you say parasites?
To the links..
The latest from Al Jazeera. The people of Nepal are not impressed with their government’s efforts at relief. And they are not shy about it, either.
Thousands of displaced residents in the Nepali capital have expressed anger towards the government, as they face food and water shortages, a day after a magnitude 7.8 quake hit the country and killed more than 2,500 people.
As rescuers continue to dig through the rubble on Sunday, the densely-populated capital Kathmandu faces a “chaotic situation” with hospitals running out of medical supply, and thousands of people, who are camped in open air areas, are left hungry and thirsty, according to Al Jazeera reporters on the ground.
“A lot of people taking shelter outside in open spaces are without food or water,” Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha, who is in Kathmandu, said.
A really comprehensive report from The Wall Street Journal complete with maps and links. I love maps.
KATMANDU, Nepal—Residents of the earthquake-hit Nepalese capital huddled in the dark beneath plastic tarps in streets and parks Sunday night, after a day in which soldiers and police dug, often by hand, in the rubble of collapsed buildings to rescue survivors.
More than 2,400 people were confirmed dead after Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake, which devastated a broad swath of the Himalayan nation, severely damaging the historic heart of Katmandu, flattening remote villages and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.
Nepal was hit by aftershocks Sunday from the earthquake that has so far killed at least 2,200 people and injured 5,800. Eyewitness photos, videos, and accounts show the destruction in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and on Mount Everest as survivors continue to fear for their safety and rescuers work to free victims from debris.
Here are some images and accounts from people on the scene.
A series of photographs and eyewitness accounts from on the ground. The devastation just takes your breath away.
The death toll from Saturday’s powerful quake stood at more than 2,288 people on Sunday, according to the United Nations, and that number is expected to rise. Deputy Chief of Mission at Nepal’s Embassy in New Delhi Krishna Prasad told Buzzfeed News the aftershocks are “continuous” and “getting stronger.”
A constantly updated post from Buzzfeed including many graphic photographs, emphasis on the graphic. So be warned. There is also much information on how the people of Nepal are responding to the havoc.
I do love the BBC. Very comprehensive, with maps, (did I mention I love maps?), pointing out that the damage and deaths extend to Tibet and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, there have been avalanches at Mt. Everest, killing 17 climbers, destroying Base Camp, and stranding a currently unknown number up on the mountain.
With the death toll now at now estimated at over 2,100, according to ABC, the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday is one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory. With countless lives lost and major archaeological and historical sites irreparably damaged, the devastation in Kathmandu and elsewhere is truly awful.
Photos taken from before and after the earthquake show just how much damage the earthquake has wrought in this South Asian nation, where rescue efforts continue and the full scale of the tragedy may not be known for days.
Two links that show that Nepal hasn’t just lost lives and buildings. The country has also suffered the loss of some of its most important historical and archaeological sites, which can probably never be rebuilt.
A timeline of the various recent earthquakes that have hit Nepal in the last century.
A snapshot of what is currently trending on Twitter under the hashtag #NepalEarthquake. There is a lot and some of the photos are painful to behold.
There is a whole list of videos available on YouTube. Most of it looks decent, although beware, the conspirators are beginning to make their presence known. More parasites.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of Saturday’s quake in Nepal at 7.8. It said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time at Lamjung, about 80 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu. Its depth was only 15 kilometres, the largest shallow quake since the 8.2 temblor off the coast of Chile on April 1, 2014.
A bit of science. Shallow earthquakes are more dangerous than those deeper down. This article explains why.
An earthquake can be one of the most destructive events in the natural world. More than three million people were killed in quakes in the 20th century alone. Although scientists are able to predict which regions are most likely to be hit, it is impossible to predict precisely when a major temblor will occur.
More science. What makes earthquakes so dangerous. At least the people of Nepal and Northern India don’t have tsunamis to worry about. Avalanches and landslide are another matter entirely.
Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.
Survivors of the quake are struggling, amongst the ruins. Even those who have shelter are too terrified to remain inside, as aftershocks and another, smaller earthquake continue to rock the region. They lack food, shelter, water, and, of course, medical supplies. Aid agencies are rushing to help now that Kathmandu’s International Airport has reopened. But there are fears of a bottleneck building up, like the one that formed during relief efforts for the Haiti Earthquake. And, as mentioned at the top, the government of Nepal is not exactly covering itself with glory as it tries to help its people.
Thousands of desperate Nepalese have spent a second night in the open, terrorised by strong aftershocks, as Australian authorities have confirmed more than 830 Australians in Nepal are safe after the devastating earthquake.
All disasters are local. Nepal, Kathmandu, and Everest are all together some of the top tourist destinations in Asia. So the reach of the disaster stretches all across the world. Several hundred Australians are missing, fate unknown. 3 Americans are known to be dead, including a Google executive who was killed by the avalanche on Everest. 61 people in India are dead, and the trains in Mumbai and Kolkata temporarily ground to a halt when the earthquake struck. 17 people are said to be dead in Chinese controlled Tibet.
A raft of links from The Guardian, very comprehensive, with a video link to CCTV footage taken in Tibet when the earthquake hit.
The horrific earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday did not come as a surprise to experts. They knew it was coming. In fact, just last week a group of earthquake specialists gathered in Kathmandu to try to figure out how the country could prepare for the major earthquake they feared was imminent. “It was sort of a nightmare waiting to happen,” seismologist James Jackson, head of the earth sciences department at the University of Cambridge, told the Associated Press. “Physically and geologically what happened is exactly what we thought would happen.”
Alas, what happened in Nepal was foreseen. Experts knew and steps were being taken to mitigate, but in a country so densely packed, with no real building codes, and not much of a government, little could really be done.
It’s impossible to walk through some streets of Kathmandu on Sunday. And it isn’t just because of the rubble, but rather because it’s where tens of thousands of people have decided to stay, terrified of the multitude of aftershocks that have been hitting the capital a day after a massive quake killed more than 2,500 people and injured around 5,800. At least 2,430 people died in Nepal, with 61 reported deaths in India, 17 in Tibet and four in Bangladesh, according to the latest Associated Press count. Terrifying screams engulfed the capital again on Sunday as a magnitude 6.7 aftershock hit the region, one in a seemingly endless stream of tremors that have made people fearful of going back indoors, reports the New York Times.
Earthquakes just don’t happen. There are always aftershocks, terrifying traumatized survivors, and hampering rescue efforts. Even as aid is beginning to arrive, the people in 5 countries are trying to come to grips with their new reality. History as well as lives have been lost. Mt. Everest has suffered its worst disaster in history, and no one is clear on how many climbers are still on the mountain. People round the world are donating, and the Nepalese Diaspora are rallying, but it is going to take a long, long time to put these shattered lives and countries back together.
Terrifying. German climber Jost Kobusch was at Everest Base Camp as the earthquake that devastated Nepal, hit Everest too. You can see the people realize the ground was shaking and then immediately get hit by a horrific avalanche right after. So sad.
It’s so scary that the time to process the earthquake had hit and the incoming avalanche was coming was only a few seconds. 18 people died in the avalanche
Some really frightening video of the avalanche that destroyed Everest Base Camp. Language most definitely NSFW.
A major shallow earthquake hit near Kathmandu in Nepal just before noon on Saturday local time. Between high population densities, intense prolonged shaking, unstable slopes, and inadequate buildings, this has the makings of a very nasty disaster.
A really, really in depth analysis of why the earthquake was so bad, and why it’s going to take a long, long time for the area to recover.
The disaster in Nepal is heartbreakingly close to the worst-case scenario for any region in the world vulnerable to earthquakes—a “nightmare waiting to happen,” in the words of one seismologist. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 2,500 people had died across the country—placing the earthquake among the two-dozen or so deadliest quakes worldwide over the past 40 years. The tragedy is only compounded when we consider how badly prepared the nation was for such an event, a fact that is sadly still common among developing nations in earthquake zones. In a world that’s getting better at preventing disasters, Nepal and other poor countries continue to bear the brunt of tragedy.
A bit of meta analysis here. While developed countries like Japan and the US have found ways to mitigate and even prevent earthquake damage and death, poor, undeveloped countries like Nepal and Haiti are falling further and further behind.
Another update by The Associated Press. The official death toll now stands at 3,617, a horrendous number that is bound to climb.