7.8 Earthquake Strikes Nepal: Over 7,000 Dead


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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, April 25th. Over 6,000 deaths have been reported, over 9,000 have been injured, and eight million have been affected www.cnn.com reported.

The quake resulted in over a dozen 5+ magnitude aftershocks with another dozen 4.5-5 magnitude www.npr.com reported. The biggest of the aftershocks was 6.7. “Unfortunately this is simply what earthquakes do,” says Ross Stein, scientist emeritus at the USGS and consulting professor of geophysics at Stanford University.

“What’s happening, particularly for these more remote aftershocks, is they are striking on the neighboring faults,” Stein says, “and these neighboring faults could rupture in subsequent large earthquakes.” Over 1.4 million still require food and medical aid stated bbc.co.uk.

“It’s getting quite bad,” says one man who is with his wife and four daughters in a small, stationary tent, “We’ve been here for three days and we’ve been living on instant noodles. There’s nothing else to eat.” The earthquake also caused avalanches on Mt. Everest killing at least 17 climbers. This natural disaster also left destruction to many historical buildings in Nepal.

On Tuesday, May 12th, an aftershock of 7.3 struck in around the same area of the city cnn.com reported. At least 1,000 more were injured.