Would you believe another 7.4 earthquake hit Nepal?

Just 50 miles east of Kathmandu crying

Just heard. Words cannot express the this tragedy
05/12/2015 - 12:37


Everest region
05/12/2015 - 16:22

They've settled on a force of 7.3 now, with epicenter near Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest base camp.  They cancelled the climbing season after the earlier and larger quake, which may mitigate the disaster somewhat.  Landslides appear to be a significant problem, in addition to the collapse of more man-made structures.

I saw a photo from Patan Durbar Square, showing two temples side-by-side that I remember vividly.  Now one is a pile of rubble while the other still stands.  The difference is that one was rebuilt following the 1934 earthquake using new and stronger technology to support the traditional wood and brick materials.  It was a controversial project at the time, financed by the German government, but seems to have been proven wise and perhaps will be a model for future rebuilding.

Pictures are worth a thousand words...
05/12/2015 - 18:13

Correction, I was recalling Bhaktapur's Durbar (Royal) Square, here from our visit before the April 25th earthquake.  The gray conical structure in the middle is the Vatsala Durga temple, which is now a pile of rubble.

On the left is the eight-sided Chyasilin Mandap, which was reuilt in 1990 following the last devestating earthquake in 1934.  It was unaffected this time, largely because it was rebuilt with modern techniques and steel reinforcements hidden beneath the traditional brick and wood structure.  It was very controversial at the time, as not historically accurate, but now proven a necessary compromise in this historically-rich but earthquake-prone region.

Pictures are worth a thousand words...

Pictures are worth a thousand words...

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Re: Would you believe another 7.4 earthquake hit Nepal?
05/13/2015 - 03:26

I visited Nepal a few years ago.  It is culturally rich and interesting but an extremely poor region.  It is sad to see.  A second earthquake doesnt surprise me given the location and once you get one, the follow up earthquakes tend to occur.  

I hope this is over for them soon,