Wrath Of Nature
Earthquake rocks Nepal
Nepal ,One Of The Most Active Seismic Zones In The World
Some of the greatest tectonic upheavals in our planet's history have taken place along this zone. In a process called plate tectonics, the continent of Africa is moving towards Europe and India has collided with the underbelly of Asia.
The Indian subcontinent has continued to move northwards, at the rate of couple of inches a year. The movement causes immense stress which are released in periodic shudders - such as the one that occurred on April 25, 2015.And the aftershocks were felt across the region, from New Delhi to the south of Mount Everest itself where avalanche and landslides resulted.
This will not be the last to strike this impoverished nation, nor will it be the last.
Map shows the epicenter of the earthquake, aftershocks and an avalanche triggered on Mount Everest.
Maps shows the intensity of the quake in different areas.
The earthquake was felt throughout Nepal, with impacts crossing political borders into northern India and southern Tibet.
Impact of the Earthquake
The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history. It triggered another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing.
Disaster Response In The Aftermath
International aid into Nepal has been rapid, with Search and Rescue teams from India, Pakistan, China, and Israel already landed. Eight medical teams from the United States were already in-country before the disaster, while search and rescue support from Fairfax, Virginia is incoming. Additional teams from the United Kingdom, Japan, and Finland are expected to arrive on Monday.
An aircraft loaded with relief material leaves New Delhi, India.
Earthquake victims receiving treatment outside of Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Rescuers attempt to locate trapped victims under rubble of collapsed buildings.
Measures to be taken in earthquakes of large magnitudes
If you are indoors: “DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON”
Stay inside, drop under heavy furniture such as a table, desk, bed or any solid furniture, and hold on to the object that you are under so that you remain covered. Be prepared to move with the object until the shaking has finished.
If you are outdoors :
- Stay outside.
- Go to an open area away from buildings. The most dangerous place is near exterior walls.
- If you are in a crowded public place, take cover where you won't be trampled.
If you are in a vehicle :
- Pull over to a safe place where you are not blocking the road. Keep roads clear for rescue and emergency vehicles.
- Avoid bridges, overpasses, underpasses, buildings or anything that could collapse.
- Stop the car and stay inside.