Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Massive new earthquake hits devastated Nepal

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit Nepal Tuesday, killing at least four people in eastern Nepali town and two people in neighbouring India. The latest quake came just weeks after an earlier earthquake killed more than 8,000 in the Kathmandu Valley area.

The latest earthquake, which hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest, killed at least four people in the town of Chautara and destroyed several buildings, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Two people were killed in neighbouring India, according to local officials.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported that the quake, which struck 83 kilometres (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, had a magnitude of 7.1 before revising it to 7.4.

Tuesday’s earthquake sent people rushing out of their homes and into the streets of the capital, large parts of which were destroyed after the April 25 quake. Kathmandu’s international airport was also shut down following the quake.

Parents could be seen clutching children tightly and hundreds of people were frantically trying to call relatives on their mobile phones. Shopkeepers closed their shops and the streets were jammed with people rushing to check on their families.

“I’m heading straight home,” said Bishal Rai, a man in his 20s, who said he was trying to contact his family in the north of Kathmandu.

Shockwaves were felt across northern India and as far away as the capital New Delhi, where buildings swayed for more than a minute. Local officials in the eastern Indian state of Bihar said one man was killed when a house collapsed and another person was killed and two others injured in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

The quake’s epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by the April 25 quake killed 18 climbers.

Mountaineers seeking to scale the world’s tallest peak have called off this year’s Everest season.

At least 8,046 people were killed and 17,800 others injured in last month’s earthquake, which left whole villages in ruins.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

  france24.com
12/5/15
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6 comments:

  1. Séisme au Népal - Des corps extraits de maisons effondrées, l'aéroport de Katmandou fermé...

    (Belga) Le nouveau séisme qui a touché le Népal mardi a provoqué l'effondrement de nombreuses maisons, selon l'ONG International Organization for Migration. Plusieurs corps sans vie ont été retrouvés, rapporte le porte-parole de l'organisation, tandis que l'Onu évoque au moins quatre décès.

    Le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies a également confirmé l'effondrement de différents bâtiments. L'aéroport de Katmandou est fermé après le nouveau séisme, ont fait savoir les autorités népalaises. Un séisme de magnitude 7,4 a touché mardi le Népal, déjà dévasté par un tremblement de terre meurtrier le 25 avril, semant la panique dans la capitale, Katmandou, selon des témoins et l'Institut américain de géophysique (USGS). (Belga)
    http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/seisme-au-nepal-des-corps-extraits-de-maisons-effondrees-l-aeroport-de-katmandou-ferme-722722.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RTLInternational+%28RTL+info+%3E++Monde%29

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  2. There are chaotic scenes in Kathmandu, according to Goal Global’s Country Director in Nepal, Dr Raj Singh...

    “People are not permitted to enter buildings at the moment and we have had three aftershocks since the quake, one of which was very pronounced.

    “We were working inside when the earthquake struck. Tables and chairs started to shake violently, doors were opening and closing and people started to panic. We got out as soon as we could and we saw buildings swaying as the shaking continued. The earthquake lasted approximately 30 seconds. It was chaotic; people here are extremely scared

    “From where I am standing, I can see cracks in several buildings and there is a real fear of buildings collapsing.

    “We’ve been delivering aid to extremely vulnerable families in four of the most-affected districts around Kathmandu. The latest quake will undoubtedly complicate and frustrate this work.”....http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/may/12/nepal-earthquake-74-tremor-hits-near-mount-everest-live-updates

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  3. Gewaltiges Nachbeben erschüttert Nepal...

    Nur zwei Wochen nach dem verheerenden Erdbeben in Nepal hat ein weiteres gewaltiges Beben den Himalaja-Staat erschüttert. Abermals traf es die Hauptstadt Kathmandu, die Erdstöße waren bis Neu-Delhi zu spüren. Dutzende Menschen kamen ums Leben. ...faz.net

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  4. As new quake hits Nepal, UN races to deliver aid to those affected...

    A new earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal today, killing dozens of people, as emergency responders race against time to reach affected populations two weeks after another deadly tremor struck the country killing thousands, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.

    The epicentre of the quake was southeast of Kodari, 76 kilometres northeast of Kathmandu – an area already affected by the 25 April quake, OCHA said in a flash update.

    The initial quake was followed by several aftershocks including a 5.6 magnitude tremor with the epicentre in Kodari and a 6.3 magnitude one with the epicentre in Ramechhap District. Strong aftershocks continue to be felt.

    Landslides were reported in Langtang Region in the Himalayas. Many areas around the epicentre are particularly susceptible to landslides.

    There are reports so far of 24 people dead and another 543 injured. Five people were reported rescued in Charikot. Reports of people buried under rubble are also coming in from across the country, including from Tatopani, OCHA said.

    Some buildings damaged by the 25 April quake collapsed today in Gorkha District and Chautara. New damage to housing and infrastructure is also being reported across the districts.

    The earthquake caused some panic and many people fled to and remain in open spaces..........http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50829#.VVISwPApr2Y
    12/5/15

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  5. “Algunos edificios que ya tenían daños se han terminado de caer”...

    El segundo terremoto de Nepal en menos de tres semanas ha castigado a un país ya destrozado por el anterior seísmo, el del 25 de abril. “Hay mucha gente en la calle. Nadie quiere volver al interior de las casas. Todo el mundo está muy nervioso. Algunos edificios que ya tenían daños se han terminado de caer en Katmandú. No queda nadie dentro de las casas, la gente teme por su vida”, explica el periodista nepalí Narendra Raule por vía telefónica, desde el Hospital Civil de Katmandú, donde han comenzado a llegar algunos heridos...........http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/05/12/actualidad/1431420930_830093.html?ref=rss&format=simple&link=guid

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  6. Népal: la Croix-Rouge a besoin de 81 millions d'euros...

    (Belga) La Croix-Rouge a revu son appel à dons en hausse, à 93 millions de dollars (81 millions d'euros), pour financer ses opérations au Népal suite aux deux séismes qui ont fait près de 8.500 morts et des milliers de sans-abris.

    L'organisation humanitaire a expliqué samedi avoir reconsidéré sa prévision initiale de 35 millions de dollars, après le séisme de magnitude 7,3 qui a à nouveau frappé mardi le pays himalayen, déclenchant une vague de panique à Katmandou et ravageant des villages perdus dans les montagnes. Ce second séisme "a exacerbé la situation que nous avons trouvée au départ (...) avec des zones qui n'étaient pas vraiment affectées qui le sont maintenant", a déclaré Elhadj As Sy, secrétaire général de la Fédération des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge. Les organisations humanitaires sont lancées dans une course contre la montre pour fournir des abris et de l'aide aux victimes des tremblements de terre avant que la mousson, imminente, ne déclenche des glissements de terrains et bloque l'accès aux villages les plus isolés dans l'Himalaya. "Nous travaillons encore en mode d'urgence absolue. Ce que nous faisons, peu importe combien c'est apprécié, car ce n'est pas suffisant eu égard à l'ampleur et l'échelle du problème auquel nous sommes confrontés", a expliqué M. Sy. Critiqué pour sa gestion de la crise, le gouvernement népalais a reconnu qu'il avait été débordé par l'ampleur du premier séisme de magnitude 7,8 le 25 avril, le plus meurtrier à frapper le pays en 80 ans. (Belga)
    rtl.be
    16/5/15

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