A Buddhist monk salvages a statue of a Buddhist deity from a monastery around the famous Swayambhunath stupa after it was damaged by Saturday’s earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook parts of Nepal Tuesday, collapsing buildings and killing at least 79 in an area still struggling to recover from last month’s destructive temblor. It brought fresh fears to a people that have been terrified since the initial quake, a 7.8-magnitude tremor on April 25.
The quake was centered about 47 miles east-northeast of the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu near the border with Tibet and much closer to the Mt. Everest base camp, where an avalanche triggered by the April 25 quake claimed 18 lives. The temblor was felt as far away New Delhi, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. Tuesday’s quake has been labeled as an aftershock by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Outside of Nepal, the earthquake killed at least one person in Tibet and 16 people in India, according to the Associated Press, meaning the most recent temblor has killed a total of 54 people. Nearly 2,000 people have been reported injured.
A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter providing aid in Nepal has gone missing, military officials say. The Huey was near Charikot, Nepal, when it disappeared, but officials say there are no indications that it crashed. Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were on the missing aircraft.
The threat hasn’t passed, either. The USGS issued an aftershock advisory, predicting more tremors in the coming months. Officials demanded residents leave damaged buildings, fearing more catastrophe could occur in another large aftershock, the AP also reported.
“I think we could expect six months to a year or more of aftershocks,” USGS research geophysicist Dan McNamara told The Weather Channel. “It’s a very large earthquake, so it’s not unexpected to have a very active aftershock sequence.”
Officials expect the death toll to climb and have sent medics to surrounding areas to help the injured. The International Organization for Migration reported several buildings had collapsed in the town and that bodies were being pulled out of the rubble.
Sitanshu Kar, the spokesperson for India’s Ministry of Defense, says that military helicopters are retrieving casualities from cities outside Nepal’s capital.
The AP said rescue helicopters were sent to districts northeast of Kathmandu to aid those trapped in collapsed buildings or landslide rubble.
“The shaking seemed to go on and on,” Rose Foley, a UNICEF official based in Kathmandu, said. “It felt like being on a boat in rough seas.”
At least three major landslides were triggered in Sindhupalchowk, a district which suffered the highest death toll from last month’s 7.8-magnitude quake, according to Reuters quoting a district spokesman. At least 8,000 were killed by the April 25 earthquake, which was centered near the town of Gorkha.
“I thought I was going to die this time,” Sulav Singh, who rushed out into the street after the temblor, said. “Things were just getting back to normal, and we get this one.”
Residents were sent scurrying into the streets in Kathmandu and flights out of Kathmandu Airport were temporarily suspended.
Tuesday’s quake was followed by at least 10 aftershocks, the strongest of which was magnitude 6.3 just over a half hour after the 7.3-magnitude temblor hit.
“We are all scared, we are terrified. I would rather deal with mosquitoes and the rain than sleep in the house,” produce vendor Ram Hari Sah told the Associated Press.
On average, 15 earthquakes of magnitude 7 or stronger are recorded across the globe each year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Nepal has now seen two of these in 17 days.
While Tuesday’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake released about 5-6 times less energy than April’s quake, it is still capable of significant damage over a large area. Its depth of 11.5 miles, according to the USGS, is still shallow enough to produce significant damage.
This is very good understanding the seismic activity across the globe — April 24 2015 Update
Concerns along the North West of the United States
After a week of seeing things build up across the Pacific, things have began to move at such a level that even the average observer can notice things are heating up.
Seeing the large eruption at Calbuco Volcano in Chile, as well as a 5.5 magnitude earthquake off the shores of NW California— additionally two back to back 4.2M earthquakes struck Northern Idaho…. this means pressure has built (and is now releasing) at the areas we were expecting.
The areas named in the previous earthquake forecast from April 19th have been hit, still a full day left in the previous forecast before it full expires.
Areas named in the video are where we should watch for the next 7 days beginning April 24, 2015 at approximately 830am CDT.
Matthew 24:4-7: (4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.
Mark 13:4-8: (4) Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? (5) And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: (6) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (7) And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. (8) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in diverse places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
Luke 21:7-11: (7) And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there bewhen these things shall come to pass? (8) And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. (9) But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.(10) Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: (11) And GREAT earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.