Nepal struck by huge earthquake

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    Saw this on the news earlier, it looks really bad over there. Fortunately the one person I know in Nepal is safe.
     
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    Yeah a friend of mine have some friends there and are still waiting for their response (can't contact them since the earthquake possibly due to the phone lines being damaged or busy). Appalling tragedy, hope it doesn't get worse...
     
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    Wow, and it triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest which killed and stranded more.
     
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    The videos that are coming out are pretty shocking to say the least. I have been in several earthquakes and seeing the footage from the backyard cameras is amazing. The amount of shaking you see! :eek: And now there is video of the avalanche at Mt. Everest.
     
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    prayers go out to Nepal

    This is horrible! 7.8 earthquake?? Imagine the aftershocks... I wonder how long this earthquake lasted for.... I really do hope that the families / friends are able to find each other in this chaos. Cause I'm sure the students were at school and some parents were prob outside working!
     
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    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002926#general_summary
     
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    Landslide in some places, avalanche on Everest (already mentioned)..

    From some reports, they felt it as far west as Lahore (Pakistan), as far east as Dhaka (Bangladesh), and as far south as Chennai (India).

    As sad as this sounds, the 7.8 could have been worse, and could still be worse, according to the Earth Observatory in Singapore.

    http://www.npr.org/2015/04/28/40273...-that-a-huge-quake-could-strike-the-himalayas

    There's only one airport anywhere near the base camp at Everest, and it's slapped up against the side of a mountain, and the runway slopes uphill at that; If it was damaged, the only way to get help to them there is by pack mule.

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    That's about as much a we or any other country will be able to do, short of quick ferry runs in nothing bigger than a B737, A319, or A320, as Katmandu's airport is damaged enough that no heavy aircraft could land or depart there. That severely limits how much in aid and supplies can be delivered.

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    Apparently, today, a second powerful earthquake - of magnitude 7.3 (compared with the earthquake of three weeks ago, in western Nepal, which was 7.8) has struck eastern Nepal.
     
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    And that was the aftershock.. :eek:

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    From what I've seen this was a separate earthquake. You don't get that big of an aftershock this long after.
     
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    Hopefully they did NOT land.

    I know what you mean, but the last thing you want is to have any aircraft land during an earthquake. The last earthquake that hit the San Francisco area, every aircraft on final to SFO did a go-around and either went into a holding pattern or diverted until the runways could be inspected.

    So yes, I hope they made it somewhere safe, but I also hope they didn't land while the earthquake was occurring.

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    Well FWIW, USGS considers it an aftershock, although I don't know precisely how they define one.

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