Update: Earthquakes in Nepal


Lili Smith, Reporter

On Saturday April 25, a massive earthquake hit Nepal. Nepal is a small country in Asia just north of India. As of May 4, the death toll is over 7,000 people and over 14,000 have been injured and both continue to grow at a constant pace. This earthquake is classified as a 7.8 on the Richter Scale. The earthquake happened around noon on Saturday. Nepal experienced over 100 after shocks including one of 6.7 magnitude on Sunday afternoon.

Many roads are currently cut off by landslides. This makes it so some communities are only accessible by helicopter. There were at least 18 people who died on the slopes of Mount Everest where as an outcome there were avalanches that buried the people and houses at the base of the mountain. This earthquake was the largest quake in Nepal in the last 80 years.

Nepalese authorities are using drones to scope out each area of Nepal. They have also teamed up with American Red Cross to try and help all the injured people and recover all the missing people. They are also using satellites and a hugely populated electronics team to have constant coverage of the whole country.

Update 5/12:

A 7.3 aftershock hit Nepal today May 12th. 7.3 is extremely large for an aftershock and with so much already destroyed the Nepalese people were not very prepared for another quake. The death toll has risen to 42 and over 1000 people have already been reported as injured.

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