Last Saturday an earthquake shook Nepal. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 and killed over 3,000 people. The earthquake destroyed many highways and buildings. On Mount Everest, the earthquake set off avalanches and trapped climbers. The earthquake was one of the most powerful in 80 years for Nepal. The center of the quake was 48 miles from Kathmandu. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital.
Officials have said the earthquake began 7 miles below the earth’s surface. The closer to the earth’s surface is when the quake is more powerful of an earthquake. According to people, the earth shook for several minutes.
Katmandu’s airport was closed, television and internet services were shut down, and phone and power lines were down. The quake knocked over walls, telephone poles, and broke windows. Many of the historic buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Nepal is filled with temples and an ancient royal palace. One building, the Dharahara Tower was built in 1832 and fell last Saturday due to the earthquake.
Other countries have sent aid to Nepal, such as an Indian plane brought rescue and medical workers to Kathmandu. Three other airplanes were sent from India. One of the planes contained a mini hospital. China has also sent aid to Nepal. Nepal is home to about 30 million people and is located between India and China.
More aid should be sent to Nepal from countries worldwide. It is terrible that an earthquake shook Nepal down to its roots and destroyed many thins and killed many people. There should be more world aid to countries that are struggling to keep afloat due to earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters.
A late edition to this story survivors continue to be found. It is the cooperation of government and volunteer agencies and the coordination of relief efforts that keeps hope alive in natural disasters of this scale.
Social media is also bringing global citizens together to contribute to relief funds such as this one for the victims in Nepal.