The 2015 Nepal Earthquake

The 2015 Nepal Earthquake

The 2015 Nepal Earthquake (also known as the Gorkha Earthquake), occurred at 11:56 AM on 25 April, with a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.8Mw or 8.1Ms and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX (Violent). Its epicenter was the village of Barpak, Gorkha district, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 15 km (9.3 mi).

It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar Earthquake. Some casualties were also reported in the adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, This earthquake caused many avalanches on Mount Everest. Langtang valley. The avalanche was estimated to have been two to three kilometres wide. Ghodatabela was an area popular on the Langtang trekking route. The village of Langtang has been destroyed by the avalanche.

The 2015 Nepal earthquake, which killed more than 7,000 people and injured more. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and other Pilgrimage and temple like: Dharahara Tower, Manakamana Temple, Janaki Mandir Kumari Temple, Taleju Bhawani Temple Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Ratna Mandir, Rani Pokhari, Palanchowk Bhagwati, Rani Mahal, Churiyamai, Dolakha Bhimsensthan and Nuwakot Durbar . Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture.

International aid agencies and governments mobilized to respond to the earthquake. However, they faced challenges in getting assistance to the country and struggled to distribute it amid the widespread devastation, The global response was coordinated by the Nepalese government through its National Emergency Operation Center.

Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal, with one shock reaching a magnitude of 6.7 on 26 April at 12:54:08 NST. The country also had a continued risk of landslides.

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