Date: April 25th, 2015
- Earthquake, magnitude 7.8 hits Nepal, adjoining areas of India, China and Bangladesh.
- The earthquake triggers an avalanche on Mount Everest killing at least 18 people.
- It triggered another huge avalanche in Langtang valley where 250 people have been reported missing.
- A total of 8 million people are reported to be affected by this earthquake across Nepal with 4,600 people dead, 9,200 people injured and 1.4 million needing food.
- An aftershock from the earthquake occurred on the 26th of April, triggering fresh avalanches on Everest. Google executive, Dan Fredinburg was among the casualty here as he and 3 other company employees where mapping the area for another prospective Google-earth type project.
- More than a dozen countries have come to the aid of Nepal with India leading the relief effort.
- Nepal suffered a similar fate in 1934, when an earthquake, magnitude 8.3 hit them, killing 7,253 people in Bihar and 10,800-12,000 people in Nepal.
- Seismologists in the past predicted that an earthquake would hit Nepal but they weren’t sure of the when.
- Nepal with a GDP of 19.921bn dollars is one of the poorest countries in Asia, so their road to recovery would be a long and painful one.
Spare a thought for the people of Nepal today…..