Nepal Earthquake

Valerie Hageraats, Reporter

On April 25th, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. More than 8,000 people were killed, and 17,000 people injured. Many Nepalese homes are completely ruined, and it will take a long time to build back up. The UN estimates that 2.8 million people have lost their homes, and many historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites were also ruined. Many attempts have been made to rescue people from the rubble, however the Nepal Government announced on May 6 that the search and rescue effort is over. Many people are still helping the people with the aftermath of the quake.

Britain has given emergency shelter kits to about 65,000 people in Nepal that lost their homes, and is planning to send 20,000 more. They were all in place and they sended them within 24 hours of the earthquake, according to the BBC. There are also some organizations that are using drones to go to almost inaccessible places and help people there, as well as take pictures to spread the awareness for what happened, however the government is trying to limit the use of them. People now have to ask permission from the Civil Aviation Authority because Nepal is afraid that the footage will be misused, in an article from The Guardian. NASA has also been helping out. They say that they have used FINDER for the first time in a real situation a couple days after the Earthquake hit. It detects a person’s breathing or heartbeat accurately when they are buried up to 20 to 30 ft. It has saved four people that were trapped already, and are trying to get it out into the market so more people can use it.

Mount Everest has actually shrunk an inch from the quake, while other areas were raised 3 ft.  There was also  huge avalanches that were caused, that may have buried 300 people, many of them foreigners hoping to hike the mountains. The Earthquake has been catastrophic to so many people, and hopefully the relief effort will continue to grow and get better.