Photos: A rush to help survivors after Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake


Originally posted on Quartz:

More than 1,300 people are now confirmed dead, reports Reuters, in the wake of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake just 77km (about 50 miles) outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Fatalities were reported across Nepal, northern India, and Bangladesh. Search-and-rescue efforts are still in early stages, hampered by collapsed buildings and buckled roads, the death toll is expected to rise.

Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport has re-opened to receive emergency supplies, and India has already begun sending relief. Meanwhile, local emergency responders are excavating damaged buildings as quickly as they can, to free any survivors trapped or injured in the debris. Ordinary civilians are also working to help, freelance photographer Thomas Nybo told CNN from Kathmandu:

“A group of mainly tourists started gathering rocks, hammers and pickaxes and breaking through a re-enforced concrete wall to reach this guy…It took about two hours of smashing through wall and cutting rebar with a hacksaw to pull him out alive.”

The search for survivors stuck under the rubble of the landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower The search…

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Over 600 people are feared dead after a massive earthquake in Nepal


Originally posted on Quartz:

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

A little before noon local time, a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit 77km (48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, sending strong tremors through the landlocked Himalayan nation and across northern India.

Reuters quoted a Nepalese home ministry official as saying that at least 688 people have been killed. In northern India, initial reports suggest that 13 people have been killed, including a 15-year-old girl whose home collapsed after the earthquake. The death toll could rise significantly, with many people feared to be trapped underneath collapsed buildings.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 11.41 am local time, was 35 kilometers east of Lamjung, about halfway between the Nepalese capital and Pokhara, the country’s second largest-city. Together, both cities are home to over a million people.

Here is a screenshot of the epicenter via USGS:

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At 12.15pm local…

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Hundreds Dead as 7.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nepal


Originally posted on TIME:

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck central Nepal on Saturday morning, damaging buildings in the country’s capital, Kathmandu, and sending tremors across northern India, Bangladesh and as far afield as Pakistan. At least 449 people were reported to have died.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located about 50 mi (80 km) northwest of Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which said the quake struck Nepal just before noon at a shallow depth of only about 9 mi (15 km) belowground.

More than 6.6 million people are in the area affected by the earthquake, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bangkok.

In Kathmandu, residents congregated on streets and other open areas as the USGS reported a series of powerful aftershocks. Buildings and temples collapsed, and roads across the city were cracked open by the quake

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Today in History: The Armenian Genocide Begins


There are many things which have some form of impact on my life, either happening to me or that influences my way of thinking and therefore flows on into my life in some form or another. Indeed there are many, many things. The Armenian genocide is one of these later events. Sure, I don’t think about it a lot, but when it comes to the forefront there is an immediate reaction as I am once again moved to disgust (among other emotions) at how not wanting to offend a nation prevents us from recognizing the barbarity of what was meted out on the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

The links and video below shed more light on this terrible event.

For more visit:
http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/us-wont-recongnize-armenian-genocide/1012675/
https://theconversation.com/100-years-on-australias-still-out-of-step-on-the-armenian-genocide-39792
https://theconversation.com/join-the-dots-between-gallipoli-and-the-armenian-genocide-40067

Limited Posts for Next Week or So


The last week or so has been marked by a degree of havoc, due to illness initially and followed up with what was the equivalent of a category 1 or 2 cyclone, which crossed the coast just to the north of where I live. There has been plenty of damage, flooding and extended periods of power outages across a very wide region. What this will mean for my Blogs is that there will be very limited posts over the next week or so. Reasonably normal service will be returned as soon as that is possible.