NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: UPDATES SO FAR – ON APRIL 27

— The death toll in Nepal has crossed the 4000 mark. It is expected to be in many thousands. The severity of a strong earthquake is revealing itself with each passing hour. The reconnaissance efforts are now reaching to the remote areas assessing the damage.

— Roads are broken. Cracks are wide and open. Rubble and debris have taken over the roads of cities. Access to places (villages and town) are coming in bits. Maximum reports available are from Kathmandu and the valley surrounding it. Agencies involved in rescue and relief efforts are now trying to reach other locations with help of choppers and aids.

— People are staying out and need blankets. Fear is universal psychosis there and that is natural after such a massive earthquake, the one after 1934. Aid teams are working to provide them relief while rescuing the trapped ones. Taking out people trapped and bodies from rubble are tough tasks and will take time. Already, there are more than 6500 injured. UNICEF says around 1 million children are in urgent need of help and thus we can imagine the count of homeless and displaced adults by this calamity.

— Rescue and relief agencies are working with power generators, engineers, medicinal supplies, doctors, earthquake relief personnel, buses, aircrafts and helicopters, radars, equipments, food material, water, daily-usage supplies, satellite equipments, etc., to help people in distress.

— Countries are evacuating their people stranded in Nepal. The figure for India, with historical and religious ties with Nepal, has already crossed over 2000 mark. Many countries have asked India for help. India is airlifting the stranded people there as well as is working to clear the roads to transport people through road-routes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The government of Uttar Pradesh has set up four camps at India-Nepal border for the victims.

— In India, the death toll has already reached 72 with Bihar registering maximum number – 56. Uttar Pradesh has registered 13, West Bengal 3 and Rajasthan 1. China has said that its Tibet region has 20 people dead in earthquake incidents so far.

— Kathmandu airport (or Tribhuvan International Airport) remains a scene of chaos. Many people are waiting there to be evacuated but operations are not regular. Needy people are being given preference. At the moment, though the airport is now open, there is so much aid material is at the airport that it is hampering with the flight operations.

— Earthquakes and tremors have continued in Nepal. Two major earthquakes were on day-1, Saturday. The first one at 11:56 AM local time with a magnitude 7.8 was the severest one in country’s history after the 1934 earthquake of Nepal-Bihar. The landlocked nation faced another earthquake, measuring 6.6, at 12:30 PM on Saturday. Quakes followed many aftershocks that are expected to continue for days, and if we believe the comments of the scientific experts, may continue even for months and years. There are quakes and aftershocks yesterday and today. In India, Bihar and West Bengal faced another earthquake this evening. Its epicentre was in Mirik and it was measured at 5.1.

— India, being the country with direct road connectivity to Nepal and bigger role on global stage has strategic interests in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reignited the ties and India is at forefront of the rescue and relief operations. It is also engaged in reconnaissance mission to assess the damage. Indian Army is conducting Operation Maitri to help in the landlocked nation in this hour of help. Over two dozen aircrafts have been put in service and many are on standby. Relief material and personnel are already there and more are being sent. Still more are on standby. India is also helping other countries, along with its own people, evacuating them as the situation is permitting. So far, over 2000 Indians have been evacuated from Nepal. Foreign nationals who are placing their requests are being issued free visas to their country via India.

— Indian Prime Minister and senior ministers are monitoring the R&R efforts. They are holding meetings every day. A team of senior officials from different ministries landed in Nepal today to coordinate with rescue and relief efforts.

— Nepal is strategically important, not just for India, but for Pakistan and China as well. Yes, it is driven by the crisis of the hour, and these two countries, along with other countries from the world community, aid agencies, NGOs and the United Nations are engaged in rescue and relief efforts in Nepal.

— Countries have started issuing travel advisories. Nepal, many parts of India and the affected regions of Himalaya are expected the face the results. USA, UK and Australia have advised their citizens to avoid Nepal in the near future. Darjeeling, Sikkim and Northeast India are expected to be affected from the resulting events.

— Kathmandu is destroyed beyond recognition. Very few buildings there can withstand an earthquake of this measure. Many localities are entirely wiped out. Many heritage structures are totally lost. Most of the buildings have suffered cracks and other damages.

— Overall, according to the United Nations, 6.6 million Nepalis are affected. Reports say Gorkhadistrict is hardest hit.

— In other parts of Nepal, with passing hours, the rescue teams are reaching and the extent of damage thus is widening its ambit every hour. Entire villages, be of 200, of 500, of 100, or 1500, or so, have been destroyed in the quake. Here, the number may be variable but death is a constant word. A report said the entire villagenear Lamjung, the epicentre of 7.8 quake, is totally destroyed leaving a trail of dead bodies. When the Nepali government is not able to help people in Kathmandu, we can imagine the plight of people in remote areas and towns.

— Avalanches, consequent to earthquakes, have killed 17 so far in the Mount Everest area, the world’s peak. According to the same report, the plans of over 300 to ascent the peak have been put on hold. South side of base camps are badly hit in avalanches. The way to the peak from China, the less popular one, has also been blocked for the time-being.

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NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: SO FAR, ON APRIL 26

— In two days, Nepal has experienced two strong earthquakes. First occurred on Saturday 11:56 AM local time, was 7.8 in intensity according to the US Geological Survey, had occurred some 80 Kms from Kathmandu, was based in Lamjung and according to some reports, have damaged almost 40% of Nepal. It was felt in the neighbouring countries as well – India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan. In India, it was felt most strongly with Bihar being the most affected. So far, the death toll in India is at 62 – 46 in Bihar, 13 in Uttar Pradesh, 2 in West Bengal and one today in Rajasthan. The quake was felt strongly in many parts of North and East India with reports from as far as Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh. The second one, 6.7 at Richter-Scale with epicentre in Kodari, hit the landlocked nation of 28 million today, hampering the rescue and relief operations.

— So far, in Nepal, the death toll has crossed the figure of 2500. It is expected to be in many thousands as the reports come. Many parts of the country are totally damaged. Entire localities and villages are wiped out. Nepal had seen it previously in 1934, a destruction of this scale with an earthquake of 8.2 had hit Nepal and Bihar killing over 10000. In injured count is over 6000.

— The impoverished nation is not capable of handling the crisis on its own. It needs food material, water and medicines for millions affected. Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala left his Indonesia visit midway to return to Nepal today to personally look after the rescue efforts.

— As predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and other agencies, rains have begun in Nepal, further hampering the rescue, relief and reconnaissance operations. In next 48 hours, heavy to very heavy rains are expected in Nepal.

— There are no definite reports about the death toll at Everest base camp and the way up. So far, around 20 bodies have been recovered. Some reports say 200 are still missing in the area. Injured already count to 60. There are distress calls from the climbers with Tweets and Instagram pictures.

— Tribhuvan Airport of Kathmandu is again closed and all the air-lift operations related to rescue and relief matters have been put on hold.

— Since yesterday, Nepal has seen at least 46 aftershocks and there is no time-frame by which the quakes would stop. Many of these are at least 4 to 5 on the Richter-Scale. More avalanches, landslides and aftershocks are expected.

— People are outside, in the streets, in the tents, desperately needing relief. Survivors need helping hands. There are many for whom a further delay can be fatal but then, rains have come, heavy rains. There are many bodies trapped in the rubble. There are many remote areas where the reconnaissance missions have not reached.

— Rumours are keeping the parallel track alive. Differing toll figures are acceptable at this hour of crisis but what about fake images? Also, a silly rumour-mongering attitude at this time may further create the atmosphere of panic and hamper the efforts of machinery involved in relief work.

— Even if there are standalone villages in some remote areas, they are bound to have people. As the time would pass, we would have more reports from different parts on the extent of damage. Saturday’s quake epicentre Lamjung stands totally destroyed in the massive earthquake.

— India and the international community has come forward to help the devastated Mount Everest nation. India is the forefront of the rescue and relief efforts thrusting the largest contingent of personnel and relief material there. India has employed many of its military and civil aircrafts for rescue, relief and reconnaissance efforts there. The Indian Prime Minister is personally looking after the efforts and a team of senior ministers is to go to Nepal. Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary and IMD officials are holding regular pressers.

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NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: UPADTES SO FAR

— Death toll in Nepal has reached over 2200. In India, it is around 60. In countries other than Nepal, the figure is around 80.

— Nepal had another aftershock today – of 6.7 according to the USGS – the tremors of which were felt in Nepal, many parts of India and Pakistan. It was a strong aftershock with epicentre 17 Kms South of Kodari and just 10 Kms deep. A tremor of magnitude 5 was also felt after it.

— Yesterday and today, Nepal has continued to feel the aftershocks. The whole of the Kathmandu valley is badly devastated. Social media is inundated with ‘before and after’ photographs. Many heritage buildings are lost, completely decimated to the ground. The quake has brought down entire localities and villages.

— India was the first country that sent its crew for rescue and relief work. C-130J and C-17 choppers reached with relief material, experts, officials and National Disaster Response Force personnel yesterday. Mi-17 helicopters were thrust into the operation as well.

— Indian Prime Minister is holding an emergency meeting at 3:30 PM after the strong aftershock today.

— The death toll in Mount Everest area, on and around its base camp, is around 20 and is expected to go with quake-induced avalanches.

— Nepal is epicentre of destruction. Maximum reports are available from Kathmandu and Kathmandu valley while, with the passing time, reports from other of quake-affected districts of Nepal will also be made available. Right now, the power and water lines are down and not working for most of the affected areas. Communication lines including the internet are also badly hit.

— The death-toll is expected to be in tens of thousands. The US Geological Survey has designated the danger level associated with Saturday’s earthquake as red meaning it is expecting ‘high casualties and extensive damage and the disaster is likely widespread.

— Nepal’s population is around 28 million and a major part of it is badly affected. According to the United Nations, in all, some 6.6 million people in Nepal are badly affected by Saturday’s earthquake and need national and international response. People are staying outdoors. Houses remain empty with mass-scale damage to houses and buildings and continued aftershocks.

— Nepal is an impoverished country. Tourism is one of the major factors pushing up the economy. Earth’s highest point, Mount Everest, is in Nepal and this, along with the Himalayan range, is hot trekking spot for tourists across the globe, earning the much required tourism money.

— Due to the quake, around 300,000 foreign tourists are trapped in Nepal.

— India, while helping the country with rescue and relief work and working on the reconnaissance missions, is also evacuating its people stranded there.

— Given the massive nature of earthquake and the destruction in its aftermath, help from various countries is reaching in Nepal, especially from its neighbours, India, China and Pakistan. They are trying to help the landlocked nation as well as evacuating their people trapped there. They are there with food items, equipments to rescue the survivors and to find the dead bodies from under the rubble, medical teams to help people, officials to engage in rescue and relief work, experts in these circumstances, reconnaissance missions for Kathmandu valley and other quake affected areas of Nepal and so far.

— From India, for 72 hours, all calls to Nepal on the BSNL network will be local calls while the same will be free for 48 hours on Airtel network.

— Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet have announced to carry free cargo to Nepal in the aftermath.

— A strong earthquake yesterday, around Noon, had hit Nepal badly, sending strong tremors in the neighbouring countries of India, China, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh. While North and Eastern India were strongly hit with Bihar facing the maximum damage in India, in Nepal, it caused massive destruction the scale of which was to realize in coming hours.

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APRIL 25 NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: HOW I FIRST REACTED?

COLORES INFINITUM

I was in the washroom when it happened. Around noon, the ground started shaking.

First, as a natural reaction (yes, it is also a type with some folks), I thought I was feeling dizziness and it was stirring my whole body, the ground beneath me and the walls surrounding.

But soon, within seconds, the feeling of dizziness gave way to the feeling that I was facing tremors of an earthquake.

And it was a strong earthquake, if it was indeed a quake. It lasted for around two minutes. It shook me and the world around me pretty well.

I was at the ground floor. There were three stories above me. And I was in two minds.

As I had slept very late, the whole ‘world beneath and around and with me’ business could have been due to some ‘psychological response’ due to my dizziness.

But then, it lasted for around two minutes and was like a strong earthquake (as I had felt in the past), the logic of my dizziness was hanging around the other logic as well.

I felt its epicentre was not at a place nearby otherwise the building would have come down like a stack of cards even before I would get a chance to contemplate over it. After all, Delhi is in Zone 4, ecologically the second most quake-prone zone. Yes, but it should be a strong one as it stirred my soul.

I was even ready to die in case the building came down, if indeed it was an earthquake. Any effort to rush out, from the ground-floor washroom of the four-stories building of IP Extension, was futile because it would not give me that much time.

The time that I indeed got – to contemplate over it – to think – that made my mind thought in two ways.

So, overall, as my visage said, I was in two minds. I was attributing it to my dizziness and at the same time, I was thinking about a strong earthquake.

I came out of the washroom following my daily routine – with thoughts on these lines.

I decided to ask my younger sister and the kids of my elder sister if they felt anything like an earthquake. They were busy here and there and flatly denied experiencing it at all, except what they were doing.

So, my dizziness had an upper hand.

But the next moment, when I glanced over the news channel running on television that I had switched on before going to the washroom, the whole dizziness logic was squeezed out of my soul.

The earthquake was confirmed, a strong earthquake. The news channel was running the news of an earthquake and its shocks.

And like it happens, in case of a strong earthquake, there was an excess of information with problems of credibility leading to a sort of chaos.

The magnitude ranged from 7 to 7.5 and soon the US Geological Survey confirmed it. Its epicentre was said to be in Nepal and soon, the USGS confirmed it, saying it to be 36 Kms East of Lamjung district that is just 77 Kms from Kathmandu.

Every news channel was on it. After Nepal, it was felt strongly in India, especially in North India, with Bihar and West Bengal facing the maximum damage. News channels were running the preliminary footage while scrambling for the same. Social media was beginning to act on it.

Meanwhile, there were frantic calls to and from everyone in the family about safety and whereabouts of each of us in the family.

The information that it was indeed a strong earthquake then opened a floodgate of horror before my eyes. If it was felt so strongly across many parts of the India, what would it do to Nepal, a small impoverished Himalayan nation that is dependent on tourism to a large extent with Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, on its land?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE, TREMORS IN INDIA: IN YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Twitter has a lot of them. Go and search for. Similar is the case for photographs. The social media is inundated with them.

YouTube has not many in terms of varying nature of visuals. All are Kathmandu centric and therefore visuals contain similar elements. Its destruction – the extent of damage is revealing itself every passing hour.

After Nepal, the country with the epicentre of the earthquake and therefore the subsequent damage, India is there, facing destruction in many parts, especially in Bihar and West Bengal.

YouTube has some videos by mainstream news carriers showing the scale of destruction in India. They have done so in addition to the situation in Nepal.

More reports are awaited and death-toll from Nepal will be many thousands.

Here are some of the YouTube links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATi0m5z-xN0 – The Telegraph

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGlgj4aWitw – Bangla TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAfCVOn6_-o –ANI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fClDqZJ5VEU – AP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPcSZrdtLgQ – NDTV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9GP26hkNY4 – NDTV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=946BfN-OI-Q – BBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzMCCKkDskY – CNN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaWWlFSUjjE – ABP NEWS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cmULbubnQc – AAJTAK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DNdmyQnu2A – BBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA_RlJdPUFI – BBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B63DNf1Q2jQ – AAJTAK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UUS_dmpmXc – HEADLINES TODAY

UPADTES SO FAR: NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – TREMORS IN INDIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES

— According to the reports so far, around 800 have died in Nepal, around 35 in India, 6 in China and 2 in Bangladesh. More reports are awaited and figures are bound to go up.

— While writing this, the magnitude of the earthquake is found to be around 7.8 by the US Geological Survey. It began with 7.5, revised its estimates to 7.9 and then came down to 7.8. The origin’s depth was found to be 15 Kms.

— According to the local Nepali time, the earthquake shook the grounds at 11:56 AM (11:41 AM in India – according to India time that is 15 minutes behind Nepal). The second earthquake at 6:45 PM was 6.6 on the Richter-Scale. There were some 16 aftershocks reported so far.

— Epicentre of the quake is said to be 34 Kms East of Lamjung, a Nepali city that is predominantly agricultural in nature.

— From Kathmandu, the quake epicentre is just around 77 Kms away, in the North-West direction, according to the estimates of the US Geological Survey.

— The main event of the earthquake lasted for around 30 seconds to 2 minutes at different locations.

— Tremors were felt in many countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China. After Nepal, India is expected to be badly affected. North India and East India are reporting destruction with quake being felt as far as Mumbai and in parts of Andhra Pradesh.

— In Nepal, the death toll is expected to be in thousands. Earthquake destruction assessment takes time.

— Nepal is an impoverished country where power and communication lines are down in the quake aftermath.

— The death figure available so far is basically from Kathmandu and other some other cities. Many places are so remote, and with communication and power lines down, it will take time to assess the damage there.

— Kathmandu airport is shut and the flights to it are diverted to India. The whole city is a scene of destruction with many of its heritage sites lost in the earthquake.

— Nepal is in quake fault-line zone, and so are the quake-affected areas in all other countries in today’s earthquake. While Nepal is a tourism and agrarian economy, Kathmandu is cosmopolitan in nature and is densely inhabited. We have preliminary assessment of destruction from Kathmandu but the overall report will take time.

— It’s after 80 years that Nepal has faced such a massive earthquake. An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 had hit Nepal and Bihar in 1934 decimating Kathmandu, other parts of Nepal and parts of Bihar including Muzaffarpur and Munger.

— This time also, in India, Bihar is the worst affected Indian state, though it is expected to be unlike the last time. Many of its districts have reported quake damage, death toll and the assessment is on.

— Tourism is Nepal’s main source of income for a country of 27.8 million with Mount Everest and Himalayan trekking being the main sources. Also, many of Nepali temples including those in Kathmandu and Janakpur are holy places for Hinduism and Hindus flock to visit these temples.

— Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken with Nepali President and Prime Minister. India is helping in rescue, relief and reconnaissance. One of the Indian aircrafts with a team of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel has landed there. Other Indian teams with more NDRF personnel and Indian experts are on their way.

— A quake triggered avalanche has caused widespread damage to the tourism related to the Himalaya and the Mount Everest. Some 8 Everest climbers have died so far, near the area of the base camp the reports say. More reports are awaited. And we have not forgotten the avalanche of April 2014 that had killed 16 Sherpas.

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NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – TREMORS IN INDIA – AFTERSHOCKS – REVISED ASSESSMENT BY USGS

Earthquake – M7.8 – 34km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
28.147°N 84.708°E depth=15.0 km (9.3 mi)

DISTANCE ESTIMATES

USGS comes back to the earlier assessment. Nearby Cities:

  • 34km (21mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
  • 58km (36mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  • 73km (45mi) E of Pokhara, Nepal
  • 76km (47mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  • 77km (48mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

TIMING

  • 2015-04-25 06:11:26 (UTC)
  • 2015-04-25 11:56:26 – Nepal
  • 2015-04-25 11:41:26 (UTC+05:30) – India

(11:41 AM in India – according to India time that is 15 minutes behind Nepal)

THE OTHER EARTHQUAKE

M6.6 – 49km E of Lamjung, Nepal
28.193°N 84.865°E depth=14.6 km (9.1 mi)

NEARBY CITIES

  • 49km (30mi) E of Lamjung, Nepal
  • 69km (43mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  • 70km (43mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 70km (43mi) NE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  • 72km (45mi) NW of Patan, Nepal

TIMING

  • 2015-04-25 06:45:21 (UTC)
  • 2015-04-25 – 12:30:21 – Nepal
  • 2015-04-25 12:15:21 (UTC+05:30) – India

Nepal Quake USGS

Source: US Geological Survey

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – INDIA AFTERSHOCKS – USGS REVISES IT TO 7.9 – IMPACT (2)

M7.9 – 29km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
Depth: 28.131°N 84.649°E depth=15.0 km (9.3 mi) ) (+/- 1.8 km)
Origin Time: 2015-04-25 06:11:26.160 UTC (11:56 AM Nepal time)

INTENSITY MAP

Intensity Map

INTENSITY VS DISTANCE PLOT

Intensity Vs Distance Plot

DID YOU FEEL IT?
The response to the US Geological Survey so far tells how wide the impact the earthquake is going to be.

Did You Feel It

Location MMI Responses Distance
Bharatpur, Chitwan Nepal IX 1 57
Bidur, Nuwakot Nepal II 1 58
Pokharā, Kaski Nepal VII 4 67
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Nepal IX 1 81
Lalitpur, Lalitpur Nepal VIII 2 84
Bansgaon, Uttar Pradesh India V 1 217
Chapra, Bihar India II 1 260
Khargupur, Uttar Pradesh India II 1 276
Patna, Bihar India VI 1 282
Phulwari, Bihar India IV 4 284
Fyzabad, Uttar Pradesh India V 1 290
Nanpara, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 311
Biratnagar, Morang Nepal VIII 1 319
Jarwal, Uttar Pradesh India IV 1 324
Banares, Uttar Pradesh India III 3 351
Banmankhi, Bihar India IV 1 354
Biswan, Uttar Pradesh India II 1 366
Gezing, Sikkim India III 1 369
Jais, Uttar Pradesh India II 1 373
Darjeeling, Bangla India II 1 376
Itaunja, Uttar Pradesh India IV 2 386
Lakhnau Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 392
Lakhnau, Uttar Pradesh India IV 16 395
Kalimpong, Bangla India V 1 396
Rangpo, Sikkim India VI 1 397
Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh India II 1 399
Gangtok, Sikkim India IV 1 400
Dhangadhi, Kailali Nepal III 1 402
Jhūsi, Uttar Pradesh India V 1 403
Shilīguri, Bangla India VII 3 404
Colgong, Bihar India III 1 407
Allahābād, Uttar Pradesh India V 1 408
Allahābād Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 410
Unao, Uttar Pradesh India IV 1 447
Kaliaganj, Bangla India IV 1 458
Cawnpore, Uttar Pradesh India IV 6 465
Sjahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 468
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh India IV 7 468
English Bazar, Bangla India V 1 490
Thimphu, Thimphu Bhutan IV 7 503
Rura, Uttar Pradesh India IV 3 504
Kichha, Uttaranchal India II 1 511
Almora, Uttaranchal India III 2 513
Cooch Behar, Bangla India IV 1 516
Kanke, Jharkhand India II 1 525
Fatehganj Pashchimi, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 526
Ranchee, Jharkhand India V 2 533
Jiaganj Azimganj, Bangla India V 1 563
Khunti, Jharkhand India III 2 563
Orai, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 567
Rajshahi, Rājshāhī Bangladesh IV 2 573
Baharampur, Bangla India V 1 573
Durgapur, Bangla India IV 1 578
Bolpur, Bangla India IV 2 581
Amanpur, Uttar Pradesh India II 1 582
Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 582
Naţor, Naţor Bangladesh IV 1 597
Navadwīp, Bangla India V 1 641
Memari, Bangla India II 1 648
Āgra, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 663
Āgra Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh India IV 1 663
Morar Cantonment, Madhya Pradesh India II 1 670
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh India III 1 675
Tangail, Tangāyal Bangladesh II 1 680
Maimansingh, Maimansingh Bangladesh IV 1 684
Mīrat, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 686
Rūrkī, Uttaranchal India II 1 686
Dehra Dūn, Uttaranchal India II 1 686
Vrindaban, Uttar Pradesh India II 1 687
Pilkhuwa, Uttar Pradesh India V 1 689
Mīrat Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh India III 1 690
Naihati, Bangla India III 1 692
Bhadreswar, Bangla India III 1 694
Haringhata Dairyfarm, Bangla India III 1 696
Dadri, Uttar Pradesh India IV 3 697
Dankaur, Uttar Pradesh India V 2 697
Bali Chak, Bangla India III 1 702
Barakpur, Bangla India III 1 703
Frederiksnagar, Bangla India III 1 703
Habra, Bangla India III 1 709
Kolaghat, Bangla India IV 1 710
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh India IV 5 712
Chakpara, Bangla India V 1 714
Rangia, Assam India IV 2 715
Bankra, Bangla India IV 2 716
Ula, Bangla India IV 1 717
Dum Dum, Bangla India III 3 717
Haora, Bangla India II 1 718
Noida, Uttar Pradesh India IV 11 719
South Dum Dum, Bangla India IV 3 719
Barabazar, Bangla India IV 9 720
Palwal, Haryana India IV 2 720
Calcutta, Bangla India IV 10 720
Faridabad, Haryana India IV 2 721
Bidhannagar, Bangla India IV 6 723
Gharonda, Delhi India IV 5 724
Jabalpur Cantonment, Madhya Pradesh India V 1 725
Babarpur, Delhi India III 1 725
Gokalpur, Delhi India IV 2 725
Dhamrai, Dhāka Bangladesh V 2 727
Chakdaha, Bangla India IV 4 728
Tigri, Delhi India III 5 729
Deoli, Delhi India IV 3 729
Ni Dilli, Delhi India IV 19 730
Delhi, Delhi India IV 15 731
Bhalswa Jahangirpur, Delhi India IV 3 735
Gauhati, Assam India IV 1 736
Dilli Cantonment, Delhi India III 6 736
Rajpur, Bangla India V 3 737
Alīpur, Delhi India II 1 738
Ţungī, Gazipur Bangladesh IV 32 743
Nangloi Jat, Delhi India III 10 745
Dohar, Dhāka Bangladesh IV 1 746
Dispur, Assam India IV 1 746
Gurgaon, Haryana India IV 23 750
Roshan Pura, Delhi India V 3 752
Sonīpat, Haryana India III 1 753
Dacca, Dhāka Bangladesh IV 26 756
Taoru, Haryana India II 1 756
Khulna, Khulnā Bangladesh III 1 766
Narayanganj, Nārāyanganj Bangladesh IV 1 770
Balasore, Orissa India IV 1 771
Shillong, Meghalaya India IV 2 771
Chatak, Sūnāmganj Bangladesh IV 1 778
Silhaţ, Silhaţ Bangladesh IV 2 803
Dera Bassi, Punjab India III 1 805
Angul, Orissa India III 1 807
Raha Gaon, Assam India III 1 808
Agartala, Tripura India IV 1 815
Raipur, Chhattisgarh India II 1 822
Ranirbazar NP, Tripura India III 1 824
Bahror, Rajasthan India IV 1 825
Kharar, Punjab India II 1 828
Kataka, Orissa India III 1 857
Bhubaneswar, Orissa India III 4 879
HisÄ?r, Haryana India IV 2 880
Jaipur, Rajasthan India IV 12 884
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh India V 1 891
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh India IV 1 907
Puri, Orissa India III 2 929
Lachhmangarh, Rajasthan India III 1 947
Jorhat, Assam India III 1 956
Chattagam, Chāţţagām Bangladesh IV 1 966
Ganjam, Orissa India II 1 970
Barbari, Assam India II 1 1010
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh India III 2 1160
YÄ?rÄ?da, Andhra Pradesh India II 1 1169
Kahuta, Punjab Pakistan II 1 1236
Cocanada, Andhra Pradesh India II 1 1261
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh India III 2 1265
Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh India II 1 1293
Chandkheda, Gujarat India III 1 1329
Kadi, Gujarat India II 1 1331
Ahmadabad, Gujarat India III 8 1337
Ghatlodiya, Gujarat India III 1 1339
Memnagar, Gujarat India II 2 1341
Ranip, Gujarat India II 1 1341
Sarkhej, Gujarat India IV 1 1347
Sūrat, Gujarat India III 3 1422
Pune, Maharashtra India II 1 1533
Tannah, Maharashtra India IV 1 1548
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra India III 1 1548
Madras, Tamil Nadu India II 1 1726
Bommanahalli, Karnataka India III 1 1827
Bangalore, Karnataka India IV 1 1834

Source: US Geological Survey

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – INDIA AFTERSHOCKS – USGS REVISES IT TO 7.9 – IMPACT (1)

M7.9 – 29km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
Depth: 28.131°N 84.649°E depth=15.0 km (9.3 mi)

ESTIMATED ECONOMIC LOSS

Expected Economic Loss

ESTIMATED FATALITIES
Estimated Fatalities

ESTIMATED POPULATION EXPOSURE
Population per ~1 sq. km. from LandScan

Estimated Population Exposure

STRUCTURE INFORMATION SUMMARY

  • Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and rubble/field stone masonry construction.

SECONDARY EFFECTS

  • Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.

SELECTED CITIES EXPOSED

MMI — City — Pop.
VII — Bharatpur — 107k
VII — Lamjung — <1k
VII — Khudi — <1k
VI — Kathmandu — 1,442k
VI — Ramnagar — 43k
VI — Hitura — 85k
VI — Pokhara — 200k
VI — Gorakhpur–  674k
V — Muzaffarpur — 333k
V — Patna — 1,600k
IV — Dhankuta — 22k
From GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents (k = x1,000)

MMI — Shaking — Pop.
I — Not Felt –*
II-III — Weak –*
IV — Light — 9,194k*
V — Moderate–  98,089k*
VI — Strong — 44,441k
VII — Very Strong —  1,801k
VIII — Severe — 14k
IX — Violent — 0k
X — Extreme —  0k
*Estimated exposure only includes population within map area (k = x1,000)

Source: US Geological Survey

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – INDIA AFTERSHOCKS – USGS REVISES IT TO 7.9

M7.9 – 29km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
Depth: 28.131°N 84.649°E depth=15.0 km (9.3 mi)

LOCATION
Data source: US

Nepal Quake USGS

USGS revises estimates to distance of nearby cities as well:

  • 29km (18mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
  • 53km (33mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  • 68km (42mi) ESE of Pokhara, Nepal
  • 79km (49mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  • 81km (50mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

TIMING OF THE MAIN TREMOR EVENT

  • 2015-04-25 06:11:26 (UTC)
  • 2015-04-25 11:56:26 – Nepal
  • 2015-04-25 11:41:26 (UTC+05:30) – India

LINK TO THE INTERACTIVE MAP

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002926#general_map

LINK TO THE MAP OF THE TECTONIC SUMMARY OF THE REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/tectonic/images/himalaya_tsum.pdf

Source: US Geological Survey