On 12th May, Nepal was hit by a new 7.3 magnitude quake,which was followed by several aftershocks. The quake again caused widespread panic and casualties among the Nepalis. The quake was followed by a series of several aftershocks. It spread panic in the Himalayan nation which was already devastated by the monster temblor that claimed more than 8,000 lives less than three weeks ago. Landslides and avalanches were also reported soon after the quake. Landslides were reported from the Langtang Region in the Himalayas.
A second tremor of 6.3 magnitude struck 30 minutes after the first quake and it kept people on the edge. Terrified residents came running into the streets. With a million of Nepalis are already without their homes and are living in makeshift camps and tents .
The epicenter of the quake was centered about 76km (47 miles) east of Kathmandu. According to the U.S Geological Survey the quake struck 42 miles (68km) west of the town of Namche Bazaar close to Mount Everest at a shallow depth of 11.5 miles (15 km) , deeper than the 9.3 miles of the quake on 25th April.
The quake was felt in some parts of Northern India, Tibet, Bangladesh, and China. According, to
Reuters, the fresh quake hit hard the remote mountain districts which was already affected by last month’s quake. It hit hard Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts. Tuesday’s quake claimed the lives of 60 people and injured more than 2,000 people.
In India too, the quake left 17 people dead. Bihar once again bore the brunt of the quake, with reports claiming 4 persons to be dead. Another death was reported from Uttar Pradesh.
One person from Tibet also died when rocks fell on that person’s car.
Tuesday’s quake further aggravated the situation with some buildings already damaged by the earthquake of 25th April, collapsed totally in the Gorkha district and Chautara (Sindhupalchowk District).
Villagers watched their homes turning into rubbles. Aid agencies requested for more aid, so that it can help the nation to rebuild itself and also help those millions of people who are now homeless.
Locals reported of serious damage to some villages in the worst affected Charikot area.
Rescue team again lead a thorough hunt for those who might have got trapped under the rubble.
The latest quake only added stress for the residents, when they were trying to return to normalcy, when Mother Nature again brought her wrath on the people by reasserting her destructive power. Only time will help the people to come over the tragedy, along with that they will need our help and support.
So, it’s a humble request to all individual and also to the other nations to come up with aid and relief, by donating money, food, etc. You can donate through various NGOs, or through various Government Relief Funds which has been set up.
A post by Soumi Biswas. 18th May, 2015.