Earthquake 2015

About Earthquake 2015

On April 25th, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The epicentre was at 80km northwest of Kathmandu in Gorkha district. The earthquake caused damage and widespread displacement of people from their homes. Two major aftershocks afterwards, 6.7 magnitude on April 26th and 7.4 magnitude two weeks later on May 12th, caused additional fatalities, further destruction and triggered many landslides. Now over 6 months since the first earthquake, although the country is still experiencing aftershocks, business is picking up and we know that tourism will play a large part role in re-building.

This page will bring you regular updates on the situation in Nepal. If you have questions, we will do our best to answer – please contact us at info@thegreathimalayatrail.org

 

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Resources To Learn More

The earthquake has captured the attention of the world – and Nepal is grateful from the support being received from around the world. We’ve collected some resources that explain the earthquake, its impacts and the work being done to re-build the affected areas and specifically tourism in those areas. We will continue to update this page.

General Information

The following video and articles give a solid overview of the quake and its impacts.

 

Personal accounts of Earthquake 2015

Its harrowing to read some of the personal accounts of the earthquake; but it gives an excellent perspective on what it is like to live through the disaster:

  •  Read our colleague Alfie’s account on the Guardian as he was half way through the 8 stage Upper Mustang Trail Race in “Nepal: a trail runner’s paradise” – May 14, 2015
  • As you know, many people were climbing Mount Everest when the Earthquake hit. Read Tom’s account on BBC as he was climbing Mount Everest in “Nepal quake on Everest: BBC man’s lucky escape” – April 28, 2015
  • Read Sam and Alex’s blog where they document their journey from Namche to that moment when their dreams of reaching the top was obliterated by the 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal and had to evacuated via Helicopter. – April 28, 2015
  • This person visits the Khumbu region in the wake of the Earthquake, read about her journey as she visits various villages in the Everest Region in “Nepal Earthquake Report: The Khumbu – Open for business…almost” – May 25, 2015

Tourism industry recovery efforts

Nepal’s GDP relies heavily on tourism and efforts are already underway to rebuild this important industry.

The broader travel community is also supporting Nepal:

Some Further Interesting reads

 Have a resource to add? Please send it to Neha at neha.shrestha@samarth-nepal.com