Gorkha Earthquakes

I didn't turn my camera on the trauma, remembering it only at times of safety or reflection.

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1. (25 April) Survived first quake. 2. (25 April) Emergency accommodation Hotel Vaishali, Thamel 3. (26 April) deserted Thamel 4. (25 April) No communications, no power. 5. (27 April) First newspaper release. 6. (27 April) Hotel Vaishali courtyard. 7. (28 April) Australian Embassy, Bansbari 8. (27 April) Hotel Viashali departing vigil 9. (Day3/4/5?) Kathmandu Int. Airport thousands trying to get a flight out - anywhere!

Summary: Nepal Earthquakes April 2015

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake) killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred at 11:56 NST on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8Mw or 8.1Ms and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX (Violent). Its epicenter was east of the district of Lamjung, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 15 km. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making April 25, 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history. The earthquake triggered another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing. Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal within 15–20 minute intervals, with one shock reaching a magnitude of 6.7 on 26 April at 12:54:08 NST with an epicenter located about 17 km south of Kodari, Nepal. The aftershock caused fresh avalanches on Mount Everest and was felt in many places in northern India including Kolkata, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Assam. The aftershock caused a landslide on the Koshi Highway which blocked the section of the road between Bhedetar and Mulghat. [As of 24 June 2015, 329 aftershocks had occurred with different epicenters and magnitudes equal to or above 4 Mw (out of which 47 aftershocks are equal to or above 5 Mw) and more than 20,000 aftershocks less than 4 Mw].

First "Signs of Life" Video. Surviving the Nepal Earthquake 25 April 2015.

Benefit Screening

Surviving the Nepal Earthquake 25 April 2015 from Bending Horizons on Vimeo.

Also see my Keynote Talk "Return from Everest" describing the first few moments after the quake hit.