Saturday, April 25, 2015

'Many dead' in powerful Nepal quake

Hundreds of people are known to have died in a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say.

The quake measured 7.8 and struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.

Tremors were felt across the region, as far afield as Pakistan, Bangladesh and neighbouring India.

A Nepali minister said there had been "massive damage" at the epicentre.

"We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now," said Information Minister Minendra Rijal. 

A national police spokesman told the BBC that 565 people had been killed across the country.
Rescuers are digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu trying to reach survivors.

A number of historic buildings have been destroyed.

Among those wrecked was the landmark Dharahara tower, with many feared trapped in its ruins.
After the earthquake struck, frightened residents came out into the streets. Mobile phones and other communications have been disrupted.
There are also reports of damage to the airport in the capital. Injured people have been brought to the main hospital..............
  • Magnitude    Mw 7.8
Region    NEPAL
Date time    2015-04-25 06:11:26.3 UTC
Location    28.28 N ; 84.79 E
Depth    10 km
  •     83 km NW of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 11:56:26.3 2015-04-25
  • 75 km NE of Bharatpur, Nepal / pop: 107,157 / local time: 11:56:26.3 2015-04-25
    Source parameters reviewed by a seismologist

  • M7.8 - 34km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal


  1. 2015-04-25 06:11:26 (UTC)
  2. 2015-04-25 09:11:26 (UTC+03:00) 

Nearby Cities

  1. 34km (21mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
  2. 58km (36mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  3. 73km (45mi) E of Pokhara, Nepal
  4. 76km (47mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  5. 77km (48mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal
14 aftershocks jolt Nepal after massive earthquake...


  1. Selon les autorités locales, au moins 449 personnes sont mortes dans le violent séisme qui a frappé samedi plusieurs régions du Népal...

    Le bilan du séisme survenu samedi à Katmandou et dans le centre du pays s'est alourdi à 449 morts, selon la police népalaise.

    La tour Bhimsen ou Dharahara, un monument de Katmandou construit au XIXe siècle, s’est également effondrée. La tour, haute d’une cinquantaine de mètres, était ouverte aux visiteurs depuis dix

  2. As many as 500 people were known to have been killed so far in the strong earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, said a Nepalese diplomat...

    Deputy Chief of Mission of Nepal High Commission in New Delhi, Krishna Prasad Dhakal, told local media that according to reports reaching here, at least 500 people have been killed across the country.

    India has promised to provide emergency aid to Nepal and has sent two military planes to the disaster struck country hours after the quake took place.

  3. Another 7.0-magnitude quake shook Nepal at 2:45 p.m. Saturday following a massive 8.1-magnitude quake at 2:11 p.m., the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said.

    The second quake's epicenter was monitored at 28.3 degrees north latitude and 84.8 degrees east longitude, and the focus of the quake is 30 kilometers deep, according to the center.

    The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the first quake at 7.9, with a depth of 15 kilometers.

    Twelve minutes after the first 8.1-magnitude earthquake, a minor quake of 3.1 magnitude was also monitored at the Qijiang district of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, according to the CENC.

    Nepal and China are

  4. 14 aftershocks jolt Nepal after massive earthquake...

    Nepal was jolted by fourteen aftershocks of varied magnitude following a powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale, which rattled the Himalayan nation on Saturday.

    The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was in Nepal's Lamjung district, some 75 km northwest of capital Kathmandu.

    Aftershocks were felt more than two hours after the earthquake.

    Some of the epicentres of the aftershocks were at 28 km south-southeast of Kodari (5.1 magnitude), 49 km east of Lamjung (6.6), 25 km north-northeast of Nagarkot (5.5), 5 km southeast of Panaoti (4.8), 15 km north-northeast of Nagarkot (5.0) and 25 km south of Kodari (5).

  5. Séisme au Népal : 19 fortes secousses en trois heures...

    Le Népal a été frappé par un très important tremblement de terre, samedi 25 avril à 11h56 (8h11 à Paris), d'une magnitude de 7,8, selon les relevés de l'Institut américain de géophysique (USGS). Il a été suivi par au moins dix-huit répliques, dont une de magnitude 6,6.

  6. Nepal quake: 100s dead in 4 countries, toll rising...

    A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 906 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, levelled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.

    At least 876 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. The death toll is almost certain to rise, said deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh

  7. Quake triggers avalanche on Mount Everest; 8 dead, others missing...

    An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal smashed into a base camp at the foothills of Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least eight climbers and guides, injuring many and leaving an unknown number missing near the mountain's most dangerous spot, officials said.

    The avalanche struck between the Khumbu Icefall, a notoriously treacherous rugged area of collapsed ice and snow, and the base camp where most climbing expeditions are, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

    An official with Nepal's mountaineering department, Gyanendra Shretha, said the bodies of eight people had been recovered and an unknown number remain missing or injured. Their nationalities were unclear as climbers described chaotic attempts to treat the injured amid fears of more landslides and aftershocks that continue to rattle the region. Chinese media reported a Chinese climber and two Sherpa guides were among the

  8. Ήταν αναμενόμενος ο σεισμός των 7,8 Ρίχτερ που έπληξε το Σάββατο το Νεπάλ, κοστίζοντας τη ζωή σε τουλάχιστον 3.218 ανθρώπους, καθώς σύμφωνα με επιστημονικές παρατηρήσεις ένας ισχυρός σεισμός πλήττει περίπου κάθε 75χρόνια το Νεπάλ και τις γύρω περιοχές...

    Φόβοι εκφράζονται για σεισμικό ντόμινο.

    Σύμφωνα με δηλώσεις του Ευθύμιου Λέκκα, του προέδρου του Οργανισμού Αντισεισμικού Σχεδιασμού και Προστασίας, η ισχυρή δόνηση των 7,8 βαθμών αναμένεται να προκαλέσει σεισμικό ντόμινο διευκρινίζοντας ωστόσο, ότι ο σεισμός δεν μπορεί να επηρεάσει τον ελληνικό χώρο

  9. Τι προκάλεσε τον σεισμό στο Νεπάλ και γιατί θα ξανασυμβεί...

    Μία απλή εξήγηση δίνουν οι επιστήμονες για το φονικό σεισμό των 7,8 Ρίχτερ που ισοπέδωσε το Σαββατοκύριακο το Νεπάλ, στοιχίζοντας τη ζωή περισσοτέρων από 3.200 ανθρώπων.

    Η εξήγηση είναι -κατά τους ειδικούς- ότι η Ινδία «σπρώχνει» συνεχώς με δύναμη προς τα πάνω, συμπιέζοντας την υπόλοιπη Ασία, πράγμα που από τη μία έχει δημιουργήσει τα πανύψηλα Ιμαλάια και από την άλλη, προκαλεί μεγάλους σεισμούς κατά διαστήματα.

    Οι επιστήμονες επισημαίνουν ότι είναι θέμα χρόνου να ξανασυμβεί, πιθανώς, ακόμη πιο ισχυρός, αν και πότε ακριβώς αυτό θα συμβεί παραμένει φυσικά απρόβλεπτο. Η ιστορική στατιστική ανάλυση δείχνει ότι είναι πιθανό να συμβεί μετά από τέσσερις ή πέντε δεκαετίες, αλλά η Γη αρέσκεται στις εκπλήξεις, συνεπώς κανείς στην περιοχή δεν μπορεί να κοιμάται ήσυχος.

    Όλα ξεκίνησαν πριν από τουλάχιστον 25 εκατομμύρια χρόνια, όταν η Ινδία, που έως τότε ήταν μία απομονωμένη μάζα ξηράς, σαν ένα μεγάλο νησί, «γλιστρώντας» πάνω σε μία τεκτονική πλάκα που κινείτο από τα νότια προς τα βόρεια, έπεσε πάνω στην ηπειρωτική Ασία


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