Another Earthquake Strikes Nepal

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Nepal on Sunday just a day after a larger earthquake killed more than 1,900 people. The US Geological Survey reported that the second quake occurred 65km east of the capital Kathmandu.

This video, from Nepal’s Armed Police Force, shows rescue workers pull survivors from the rubble after Saturday’s earthquake.

Similarly, The global Red Cross network, led by the Nepal Red Cross, has mounted an international relief effort to provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. While details of the impact continue to come in, the Nepal Red Cross, which has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters, is providing first aid, search and rescue, blood to medical facilities in the capital and support to first responders.

Copyright: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Copyright: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

The quake, the largest to hit the country since 1934, has killed at least 2,000 people in Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh and at the Nepal-China border, with thousands more injured. Many are feared trapped under rubble and the number of casualties is expected to rise. At least 15 aftershocks, ranging from magnitude 5 to 6.6, caused further damage to buildings and increased the risk of collapse. Tremors were felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

More than six million people live within 60 miles of the epicenter, located some 50 miles northwest of the densely populated capital Katmandu which itself has a population of 2.5 million. Buildings and infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed. Electricity and telephone connectivity is intermittent and mobile services are experiencing heavy congestion. Hospitals continue to function but are stretched to the limits.

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