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December 18, 2014
A 5.9 earthquake hit Solukhumbu district on Thursday evening. Tremors were even felt in Kathmandu. The epicentre of the quake was located some 123 km east of Kathmandu and 21 km north-west of Namche Bazaar. The tremor was 10 km deep it said. No human casualty has been reported so far.

August 30, 2013
A strong earthquake that rocked Kathmandu Valley and neighbouring districts at 11:33 pm on Friday was measured to be 6.0 on the Richter scale, according to National Seismological Centre (NSC). The quake followed by aftershocks sent people out of their houses in the Valley at midnight. The epicentre of the quake lies some 60 kilometre north of Jiri, Dolakha.

March 7, 2013
With its epicentre in the southern area of Rukum district‚ an earthquake hit mid western Nepal on Wednesday night causing scores of homes to collapse. However, no human casualties are reported till now. A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the southern part of the district at 10:34 pm last night.

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Introduction

A survey by KVERMP (Kathmandu Valley Earthquake Risk Management Project) in 2003/2004 warned that around 40.000 people might die and nearly 100.000 might suffer injury requiring hospital services when another earthquake measuring around 8.4 on the Richter scale (like the one in 1934) would hit the country.

The survey also estimated that six out of ten buildings would collapse. On top of that KVERMP also warns that 95 percent of water supply pipes might explode and 50 percent of bridges and 10 percent of roads could collapse in the valley.
In the face of such a calamity people would need prompt hospital services. But the major hospitals in Kathmandu are poorly built so most of them would be non-operational and the remaining ones will also see services disrupted.

Is Nepal prepared to face such a disaster?

The answer is NO. Read more

Most recent earthquakes in Nepal

Date, Year / Time

Location

Magnitude

Dec 18, 2014 / 21:17

Solukhumbu district

5.9

Nov 25, 2014 / 21:34

Gorkha district

4.5

Sept 17, 2014 / 10:29

Taplejung

4.5

July 7, 2014 / 16:37

Bajhang-Darchula border

4.2

July 4, 2014 / 05:58

Taplejung

4.6

May 25, 2014 / 02:46

Kaski

4.1

May 20, 2014 / 18:36

Gorkha

4.3

April 23, 2014 / 07:14

Taplejung

4.0

April 11, 2014 / 05:22

Achham

4.2

Mar 31, 2014 / 07:51

Humla district

4.4

Nov 3, 2013 / 06:47

Bajura

4.3

Oct 28, 2013 / 01:37

Sankhuwasava

4.3

Oct 13, 2013 / 21:43

Humla district

4.5

Oct 3, 2013 / 11:57

Sikkim, but felt in many eastern districts of Nepal

5.3

Sept 22, 2013 / 14:36

Humla district

4.4

Sept 12, 2013 / 10:14

Dhankuta

4.5

August 30, 2013 / 11:33

Dolakha district / Tibet border area

6.0

June 28, 2013 / 11:40

Rukum

5.5

June 27, 2013 / 06:20

Darchula

4.4

June 26, 2013 / 22:22

Dhanusha

4.4

June 9, 2013 / 16:11

Northern Khotang

4.2

May 31, 2013 / 06:04

Northern Bajura

4.5

May 26, 2013 / 17:38

Sindhupalchok

4.2

May 14, 2013 / 09:59

Mugu

4.5

May 14, 2013 / 03:18

Mugu

4.4

May 14, 2013 / 03:13

Mugu

4.3

April 28, 2013 / 18:28

Northern Bajhang

4.9

March 17, 2013 / 11:59

Dhanusha

4.2

March 6, 2013 / 22:34

Southern Rukum

5.4

February 22, 2013 / 02:41

Baglung

4.1

February 7, 2013 / 01:08

Bajhang

4.0

January 18, 2013 / 20:59

Bajhang

4.5

January 13, 2013 / 17:35

Siraha

4.0

January 9, 2013 / 07:44

Bajura

5.5

January 2, 2013 / 17:42

Bajhang & Doti border

4.7

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Sept 11, 2014

Earthquake resistant water tanks constructed.
Three earthquake resistant drinking water tanks were constructed in different places of Kirtipur as disaster preparedness measures. Two of three the tanks were constructed on the premises of Tribhuvan University and Nepal Agriculture Research Centre and one in Kirtipur municipality-6, Dekhu. While rescuing people during earthquake disaster, water management is of utmost importance. Help Group for OXFAM, Lumanti Housing and Kirtipur municipality jointly constructed the water-tanks. The quake-resistant technology would be used to fetch underground water from 106-metres below the land surface. Read more
 

Jan. 10, 2014

Kathmandu tops quake risk list in the world.
Kathmandu has topped the earthquake risk list while Nepal is ranked 11th globally, according to the information shared at a programme in the capital on Friday. At an interaction programme on role of media on earthquake risk reduction organized by the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET-Nepal), Deputy Executive Director of NSET-Nepal Ramesh Guragain said the main reason behind the quake risk was the geological structure. It is said that the entire part of Nepal falls in a high earthquake intensity belt . Read more
 

March. 6, 2013

5.4-magnitude quake rocks western Nepal.
With its epicentre in the southern area of Rukum district‚ an earthquake hit mid western Nepal on Wednesday night causing scores of homes to collapse. However, no human casualties are reported till now. A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the southern part of the district at 10:34 pm last night, Seismological Centre‚ Surkhet informed. No human casualties were reported in the district though some houses in Kholagaun VDC and school buildings in Bijeshwori VDC -8 were collapsed owing to the shake. . Read more
 

Dec. 2, 2012

Quake of year 1255 points to Himalayan risk.
A mega-quake in 1255 that wrecked Nepal’s capital, wiped out a third of the population of Kathmandu Valley and killed the country’s monarch, King Abhaya Malla, was of a kind that may return to the Himalayas, seismologists have reported. Experts from Nepal, France and Singapore mapped deposits of river sediment displaced along part of the fault line where the Indian subcontinent slams into the Asia tectonic plate at up to 50 millimetres per year. With the help of carbon dating, they found that the soil movement in one place was caused by a huge quake that coincided with the great event of July 7, 1255. More than six centuries later, there was another surface-breaking event, correlating to a magnitude 8.2-event in 1934. Read more
 

Nov. 5, 2012

5.7 quake rocks Kathmandu.
A moderate earthquake, which the National Seismological Centre said was 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit th Kathmandu Valley at 6:52 pm on Monday evening, sending people out of their homes. Dr Soma Nath Sapkota, chief of National Seismological Centre in Kathmandu, told a television station that the preliminary information suggested that the epicentre was in Tibet bordering Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal, 136 km north-east of the Kathmandu Valley. Television channels reported that tremors were felt in eastern Nepal also. According to Thakur Prasad Kandel, seismologist at the Surkhet-based Seismological Centre, some people in Rukum reported that they felt the tremors in the western district also. No casualties have been reported yet.
 

Oct. 26, 2012

Nepali radio stations ill-prepared for earthquakes.
Radio stations in Nepal, critical sources of emergency information, are ill-prepared to withstand or operate in the event of an earthquakes, experts warn. "If there is an earthquake now, radio broadcasters would be vulnerable given that they are stationed in earthquake-vulnerable buildings,” Man Thapa, programme manager of the UN Development Programme’s comprehensive disaster risk management programme, told IRIN. Read more.
 

August 24, 2012

Four earthquakes rock Nepal in 12 hours.
Four consecutive earthquakes -- two of them powerful ones -- rocked western Nepal in past 12 hours. With their epicentres in the border area of Rolpa and Rukum districts, the tremors of the first quake were felt in Kathmandu at 10:15 pm last night. Its magnitude was 5.6 on the Richter Scale, according to Dilli Ram Tiwari, survey officer at National Seismological Centre (NSC) in Kathmandu. Read more.
 

June 9, 2012

Earthquake tremore felt in Pokhara.
A 4.8 magnitude earthquake was felt in Pokhara today. The tremor was felt at about 1: 39 pm, with epicenter located just 16 km from Pokhara. The quake occurred at a depth of 21 km. Nobody is thought to have been injured. Quake's repercussion was also felt in Kathmandu, Gorkha and Chitwan.
 

Jan 16, 2012

PM Bhattarai: make earthquake resistant buildings

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, addressing a programme in the capital, directed government authorities to monitor ongoing construction work and strongly implement the building codes while providing permission for any construction work. “We do not need to wait for rules and regulations to work on preparedness for earthquake safety, so everyone should be aware and think about the future,” said Bhattarai. Read more.
 

Jan 16, 2012

earthquake risk reduction policies underway

Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said the government is committed to devising effective laws and policies for the reduction of earthquake risks.
It is a social crime to not make the hospital and school buildings earthquake-resistant, he said, directing the concerned bodies to make buildings by adhering to the building construction code of conduct. Read more.
 

Nov 13, 2011

Magnitude 5.0 quake hits Gorkha district

A magnitude-5 earthquake hit northeastern part of Gorkha district at 5:45 am on Sunday. According to the National Seismological Centre, the earthquake had its epicentre in an area 50 km northeast of Gorkha district headquarters. The tremor was felt in most parts of western Nepal and the Kathmandu valley. However, there were no immediate reports of any damage caused by the earthquake.
 

Sept 21, 2011

Kathmandu tops earthquake risk list

With rescue work still under way in Nepal after last Sunday's deadly earthquake in the Himalayas, scientists have warned that the capital Kathmandu is a high-risk city unprepared for the next "Big One". Experts say Kathmandu is one of the most vulnerable cities in the world with an overdue earthquake predicted to kill tens of thousands of people and leave survivors cut off from international aid. British geologist Dave Petley described the latest tremor, which killed eight people in Nepal, as a "wake-up call" for the overcrowded capital, home to two million people and connected to the outside world by just three roads and one airport runway.

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Sept 18, 2011

Strong earthquake hits Nepal and Sikkim:

- Biggest quake since '34 leaves destruction trail

- Tremor wreaks havoc in eastern Nepal

- Three killed‚ scores hurt in Kathmandu Valley

- 6.8 quake wreaks havoc in eastern Nepal

January, 2011

"Not if, but when"

Ask not what your government can do for you in an earthquake,

ask what you can do for yourself

 Interesting article of Kunda Dixit is the Nepali Times: read more
 

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geohaz.org - info about earthquake management

seismonepal.gov.np - information regarding recent quakes

 

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