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Feb 2, 2015

5.5-magnitude earthquake shakes Nepal's Pokhara.
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted Nepal's popular tourist hub Pokhara on Saturday with no reports of damage or casualties. Panic-stricken people ran out of their homes into open fields when the tremor was felt in the region around 7:44 pm (local time). There were no immediate reports of any major damage due to the earthquake, according to Seismological Centre of Nepal. Read more

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.

April 11, 2012

Indonesia hit by strong earthquake, tremors also felt in Nepal.
Tremors were felt in Kathmandu and adjoining areas on Wednesday afternoon while a massive earthquake of 8.7 magnitude hit waters off westernmost Aceh province of Indonesia. read more.

Feb 27, 2012

Tremors felt in far-western Nepal

Two earthquakes have been recorded in the bordering area of the Far Western Region, this morning. According to the National Seismological Measurement Centre Lainchaur, the earthquakes – one with the magnitude of 4.4 Richter scale occurred at 4.41 am and another 4.9 Richter scale at 4.53 am on Monday. Read more.

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.

Jan 16, 2012

14th earthquake security day observed

Various governmental and non-governmental programmes are being organised across the country on Monday, to mark the 14th National Earthquake Security day. Nepal has been observing January 16 as Earthquake Security Day every year from the year 2000 onwards in memory of the 1934 quake to underline the community’s role prior to and after the disaster. Read more.

Dec 15, 2011

Magnitude 4.9 quake hits Taplejung district

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale was felt in parts of Taplejung district at 2:03 am Thursday. According to the National Seismological Center (NSC) of the Department of Mines and Geology, the epicenter of the tremor is believed to be near to the Mt Kanchanjunga, one of the highest mountains in the world. 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.

Oct 1, 2011

An earthquake measuring 4.7 in the Richter scale was felt in parts of Hulma district at 10:11 am Saturday morning. The epicenter of the quake has been reported to be 20-km north of Simikot. The tremors caused no human casualty or physical damage

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, 2011

Strong earthquake hits Nepal and Sikkim:

- Army reaches 9 cut-off Dzongu-villages  (Sept 23)

- Rs 50 cr to earthquake-hit Sikkim (Sept 22)

- 3 victims of British Embassy wall collapse cremated (Sept 22)

- Nine villages still inaccessible (Sept 21)

- No trace of 120 people at a North Sikkim village (Sept 21)

- Scores of bodies found in rubble near Mangan in Sikkim (Sept 21)

- Geologists say quake is unusual and doesn't lower the chance of a huge earthquake (Sept 20)

- Death toll at 81 for quake in India‚ Nepal‚ Tibet (Sept 20)

- Himalayan quake rescuers blast route to epicentre (Sept 20)

- Earthquake damages 85 houses in Sindhupalchowk (Sept 20)

- Eastern Nepal takes brunt of quake with 5 dead, scores injured (Sept 19)

- Hundreds of houses destroyed in Sankhuwasabha (Sept 19)

- Quake victims get Rs. 25 k  relief (Sept 19)

- British Embassy says sorry for collapse of embassy compound wall (Sept 19)

- Death toll in India, Nepal, Tibet rises to 50 (Sept 19)

- Earthquake death toll in Nepal reaches 9 (Sept 19)

- 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

May 4, 2011

Strong hopes for straw houses

As a country vulnerable to the next "big one", people in Nepal are abuzz with an age-old, earthquake-resistant method of constructing buildings out of straw that could save lives, experts say.  Ajaya Dixit, head of the Institute for Social and Environment Transition in Nepal, has been spearheading a pilot straw-bale project and plans to break ground on Nepal's first straw-bale building in May. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, straw, a relatively lightweight and flexible natural material, when sealed with plaster or mud, offers a sound, waterproof structure that will bend before it breaks.  read more

April 8, 2011

Health sector Nepal focus for earthquake preparedness

Earthquake-prone Nepal is speeding up efforts to strengthen the ability of its health facilities to withstand a major earthquake, but risk assessments need updating, say officials. Almost a decade has passed since the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) last assessed the structural soundness of health facilities to cope with major earthquakes.  read more

April 4, 2011

An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale rocked the far western region today damaging more than two dozen houses in Bajhang, Baitadi and Darchula. According to the National Seismological Centre, the epicentre of the quake was in Chhapri of Darchula district, near Nepal-India border.  read more

April 1, 2011

The Nepal Red Cross Society has made arrangement of and brought into operation the communication sets in all three districts of Kathmandu valley keeping in mind the quake risks in the valley. The Red Cross has brought the communication sets into operation by erecting towers in the three districts considering Kathmandu valley as quake-prone zone.  read more

March 22, 2011

An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale was recorded at 10:55 am on Tuesday. According to National Seismological Centre under the Department of Mines and Geology, Godibang and its neighbouring areas of Pyuthan district is the epicenter of the quake.

March 12, 2011

Four minor quakes felt in Kaski district in Western Nepal. One tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale was recorded on Friday in the hilly district at 10:33 pm, according to the National Seismological Centre. Likewise, another quake of 3.4 magnitude was recorded early this morning at 4:13 am in the area soon followed by a 4.4-magnitude at 5:15 am and a 3.9-magnitude at 10:45 am read more

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

January 16, 2011

Nepal marks 13th Earthquake Safety Day

The 13th Earthquake Safety Day was observed with a variety of programs in the capital today, calling for community initiative and adherence to the building code in order to minimise the damages caused in an event of an earthquake. Speaking at a program organised by the 13th Earthquake Safety Day, National Main Celebration Committee here on Sunday, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said since the damages to be caused by natural calamity was difficult to forecast, public awareness should be raised on minimising the risk of calamitie......(read more)

January, 2011

Stories of 1934 Earthquake survivors still living today

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October 18, 2010

Strong tremors rock Kathmandu; no reports of casualty

The earthquake that shook the Kathmandu Valley in the wee hours of Monday morning (at 1:55 a.m. Nepal Standard Time) had its epicentre in China's Xizang-Nepal border region, according United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The quake occured at 4:11:20 a.m. local time at the epicentre (28.535°N, 85.668°E), which lies 95 km in the north from Kathmandu, was measured 4.9 on the Richter Scale. ......(read more)

June 14, 2010

Two minor quakes in Bajura District

National Seismological Centre recorded two small-scale earthquakes with epicentre in Kolti of Bajura district yesterday evening. The first temblor measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was recorded at 8:18 pm and the second measuring 4.2 magnitude was recorded seven minutes after the first quake......(read more)

March 2, 2010

Lessons from Chile & Haiti

The damages caused by 8.8 Richter earthquake in Chile two days ago versus the damages caused by the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti about two months ago show that it is preparedness that is more important than the magnitude of the earthquake. Because of strict implementation of building codes and better emergency response, the casualty in Chile was far less than in Haiti.....(read more)

February 26, 2010

Minor tremors were felt in Kathmandu and many other parts of Nepal at 10:45 am NST on Friday.
The quake that measured 5.4 on the Richter scale had its epicenter in Western Xizang, Tibet, reports citing data released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 70 km (40 miles) north of Namche Bazar....(read more)

January 16, 2010

12th National Earthquake Safety Day marked. Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said the earthquake that rocked Haiti recently comes as a warning bell for a country that lacks necessary preparedness and mitigation measures to minimise the vulnerabilities of natural hazards.



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