• Sean Wang

Devastating Earthquakes in Nepal


On April 25th, 2015, at 11:56 NST, an earthquake struck. The epicenter was around the village of Barpak, in the Gorkha district. It was felt as far away as India, China, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

The deadly disaster had a moment magnitude of 7.8 Mw and a depth of 15 km, resulting in approximately 8,452 casualties, 19,009 injured, hundreds missing and over 450,000 displaced.

The effects of the earthquake were devastating, especially near the epicenter. Buildings were flattened and roads, schools and stores were completely demolished, leaving entire villages destroyed.

Furthermore, the earthquake caused several avalanches to occur on Mount Everest, killing at least 19 climbers, including Google executive Dan Fredinburg, with others missing. There was a total number of 78 people and 25 people killed in India and China respectively. Lastly, avalanches were created in the Langtang Valley, in the village of Ghodatabela, concluding in 250 people missing.

Worldwide, countries immediately began processing contributions and donations to go toward the cause. As well, 90% of the Nepalese army were sent to further aid search and rescue missions and distribution of supplies.

Aid agencies such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross aided the cause by deploying 61 staff members to help with damages as well as bringing proper water, sanitation and shelters. Additionally, blood banks were set up and volunteers for first aid and search and rescue were provided.

Notable countries who aided the relief to Nepal include China, donating $9.9 million USD, Norway with $17.3 million USD, the United Kingdom with $24.14 million USD and the United States of America with $10 million USD. Lastly, Canada donated $4.15 million USD, giving $832,000 USD of that to the Canadian Red Cross.

Tragically, another earthquake struck on May 12th. It is believed to be an aftershock of the first. It was a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. It killed 135 and wounded more than 2,500. The epicenter of the earthquake was between the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu and Mt. Everest.

So, how can we help? Since you’re reading this online, one of the easiest ways to donate is online! Links to several donation sites are shown below, including the Canadian Red Cross.

Even though we only see ourselves in our own little communities, the world is connected. Your choices influence the rest of world, either for the better or the worse. It’s your decision; your donation to this cause may change an entire life, family or village. We aren’t part of separate communities, we are one global community.