Saturday, April 25, 2015

Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal, Spares City Of Pokhara, But Terrifies Its People

Nischal Kharel /
Part of Pokhara, Nepal, where people felt a giant earthquake hours ago but were spared the damage suffered in other parts of the country.

By Nischal Kharel
POKHARA, Nepal – Shortly before noon, while I was working on something for college at my friend’s house, the book rack started shaking.
We immediately realized that it was an earthquake.

We thought it wouldn't last longer, but it went on and on. It just didn’t stop.
At first we stayed inside the home under a wooden door frame, then got frightened enough to run outside to some nearby open space.
Many others had also run outside. They were crying, shouting and scared.
Fortunately, the shaking stopped and we were all fine.

I called my parents at their home in the Morang District in Eastern Nepal, and my sister, who was at my aunt's house in the Dhulabari Jhapa District, also in the eastern part of Nepal.

My aunt told me that there was some flooding in her town after a large water tank, about 60 feet tall, collapsed.

Nischal Kharel /
A neighborhood in Pokhara Saturday evening after the earthquake.
Nischal Kharel /
Homes in Pokhara, Nepal, after the earthquake Saturday.
Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city, does not appear to have suffered any damage, though we are only about 100 kilometers from the earthquake’s epicenter.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake killed at least 688 people in Nepal, authorities said. There was extensive damage in Kathmandu, the capital, and reports of a major avalanche on Mount Everest.

Nischal Kharel /
A view of the city of Pokhara, taken about a month ago.
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1 comment:

Nancy said...

Thank you for your wonderful job of reporting. Our daughter is often in Pokhara and Kaskikot and we were very worried about the situation there. Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal.