Saturday, 25 April 2015

Nepal Earthquake - Hundreds Die, Many Feared Trapped

There are around 500,000 Earthquakes each year. 100,000 of these can actually be felt. The largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 (M.w) in Chile on May 22, 1960. The world's deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1556 in central China. It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. These dwellings collapsed during the earthquake, killing an estimated 830,000 people.

    

         World's strongest earthquakes

  • Chile, 1960, a 9.5 magnitude quake triggers a tsunami. At least 1,700 people are killed
  • Alaska, 1964, 131 people are killed in a 9.2 earthquake
  • Indonesia, 2004, the devastating 9.1 earthquake and ensuing tsunami kills more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries
  • Japan, 2011, a 9.0 quake triggers a tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people
  • Russia, 1952, another 9.0 earthquake caused damage but no reported casualties

    Deadly Magnitude-7.8 Earthquake Devastates Nepal, Parts of India


    More than 900 people have been killed after a major earthquake hit Nepal, toppling buildings in the capital, Kathmandu, and triggering avalanches in the Himalayas.
    The death toll in the Himalayan kingdom has reached 876, Nepalese police said on Saturday. A further 34 fatalities were reported in northern India and one in Bangladesh.
    Most of the fatalities are from the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, where 467 people have died, including 181 in the capital.

    The earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, sent tremors throughout much of south Asia at 11.41 Nepal local time on Saturday. Within minutes, hundreds of people with injuries were being brought to the main hospital in central Kathmandu, with further reports of damage and injuries coming in from nearby towns and the city of Pokhara in the west of the country.