Report on earthquake reconnaissance of the M7.8 Gorkha, Nepal earthquake on april 25, 2015 and it’s aftersocks.
The devastating Gorkha Earthquake and aftershocks which struck Nepal in April of 2015 caused tragic loss of life, serious injuries and disastrous damage. More than 9,000 people were killed, over 22,000 were injured and at least thousands of people were left homeless. Many more suffered great hardships. Overall, 2,649 public buildings and 510,762 private dwellings collapsed, while 3,617 public buildings and 291,707 private dwellings suffered partial damage. More than 7,000 school buildings and 1,085 healthcare facilities suffered damage (GON, 2015 B). The earthquake also affected approximately 2,900 structures with cultural and heritage values.Read More.
A devastating earthquake and a resulting tsunami hit coastal areas of Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004. The quake was the second strongest ever recorded since 1900, with a Richter magnitude of 9.3 according to Northwestern University, though the USGS suggested a magnitude of 9.0. The epicenter was 155 km west of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The earthquake resulted from the rupturing of the subduction zone between the India plate and the overriding Burma microplate with a vertical uplift of 7.0 to 10 m at the ocean floor. This created a massive tsunami with wave heights reaching up to 24 meters. The casualties from the disaster were in excess of 310,000. The tsunami affected Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Maldives, Malaysia, Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya, as well as other countries around the Indian Ocean. Read More.