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 [email protected]
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.
The following video and articles give a solid overview of the quake and its impacts.
- Why Nepal is so vulnerable to quakes – April 25, 2015
- Unsettled Earth continues to rattle Nepal – after the second earthquake of 7.4 magnitude – May 12, 2015
- “Nepal Earthquake: the village wiped off the map in a few terrifying seconds” – May 17, 2015
- “The Gorkha (Nepal) earthquake changed the shape of the Earth – literally – by raising up and dropping landscapes by several meters” Read Nasa’s take on a scientific explanation what changes took place underneath the surface. – May 14, 2015
- A look at the Nepal Earthquakes: in maps and images – May 15, 2015
- “The Nepal earthquakes have unleaded a mental health disaster” writes Claire Bennett for the Guardian and touches on an issue often not covered by the media “the unravelling trauma of the survivors and aid workers will continue long after the media has left” – May 15, 2015
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.
- As an aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, for time.com Rishi Iyengar writes “The Best Way to Help Nepal Recover from the Quake? Go There on Vacation” – May 8, 2015
- The Nepal Tourism Board is looking at various ways to bring back the tourists.
- Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC) formed to assess post-earthquake impact on tourism – May 10, 2015
- Consultation Meeting on Tourism Recovery Held – May 11, 2015
- Adventure Travel Trade Association writes: Back from Nepal: With Stories of Rebound and Economic Hope – November 3, 2015
The broader travel community is also supporting Nepal:
- Adventure Travelers leading the way in Nepal’s tourism recovery – May 23, 2015
- Quake-hit Nepal seeks experts’ advice on tourism – May 27, 2015
- Cultural heritage sites to open for tourists from June 15 – May 27, 2015
- Mindy Poder via Travel Age West explains “What it’s like to be in Nepal right now” – November 23, 2015
- Elen Turner via Matador Network says “Nepal is open for business” – November 25, 2015
Some Further Interesting reads
- Nixon Boumba, gives five lessons from Haiti on “How not to rebuild Nepal” – April 30, 2015
- Classquake: What the global media missed in Nepal Earthquake Coverage – May 4, 2015
- How Nepal’s history may be its greatest strength after the earthquake – May 6, 2015
- In Nepal, the ax is more useful than the pen – May 15, 2015
- How social media is helping Nepal rebuild after two big earthquakes – May 19, 2015
- It’s bad business not to donate to Nepal – May 20, 2015
- The economic damage from the Nepal earthquake is almost half of the country’s GDP – May 21, 2015
- Shaken But Strong – May 21, 2015
- How Drones are helping save Nepal’s UNESCO Heritage Sites – May 22, 2015