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Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes because it straddles the boundary between two tectonic plates which collided 50 million years ago forming the Himalayas

The epicentre of the 25 April earthquake was in a remote area of Gorkha district 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu.

It had a magnitude of 7.8 and a shallow underground focal point of 15km, which increased ground shaking. Several aftershocks occurred in the following days.

3.0-4.0

4.0-5.0

5.0-6.0

6.0-7.0

7.0-8.0

Intensity of earthquake

Moment magnitude

50 miles

China

Xizang

Tibet

Fault

line

Mount Everest

– detail below

The worst affected

areas – details below

Epicentre

Kathmandu

Total deaths by district

The earthquake took a deadly toll in both the densely populated Kathmandu valley and isolated rural villages

15-200

200-400

400-800

1,100-2,000

800-1,100

Death toll

Epicentre

50 miles

India

China

Tibet

Gorkha

Kathmandu

Sindhupalchwok

Sindhupalchowk

The death toll in this hilly district is expected to rise further as remote villages await aid. Thousands of people are now homeless and in need of clean water, food and shelter

 

Kathmandu

Brick and wood homes belonging to the capital’s poorest residents were demolished along with many religious and historic sites. Thousands are sleeping in tents with little or no access to sanitation and clean water although aid is now arriving

 

Gorkha

Hundreds of villages have been destroyed around the epicentre in Gorkha, which is a difficult region to navigate even when the roads are clear. Helicopters are now delivering food aid to areas identified by the World Food Programme as needing critical help

The climbing season was just getting underway on Mount Everest when the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche

4

3

2

1

Camp 4

Camp 3

Camp 2

Camp 1

Khumbu

icefall

Base camp

Summit

8,848 metres

Epicentre

Epicentre

30 miles

30 miles

India

China

Xizang

Tibet

India

China

Tibet

3.0-4.0

4.0-5.0

5.0-6.0

6.0-7.0

7.0-8.0

Gorkha

Bhaktapur

Lalitpur

Kathmandu

Nuwakot

Dhading

Kavrepalanchowk

Makwanpur

Khotang

Okhaldhunga

Ramechhap

Dolakha

Rasuwa

Sindhupalchwok

Sindhupalchowk

The death toll in this hilly district is expected to rise further as remote villages await aid. Thousands of people are now homeless and in need of clean water, food and shelter

 

Kathmandu

Brick and wood homes belonging to the capital’s poorest residents were demolished along with many religious and historic sites. Thousands are sleeping in tents with little or no access to sanitation and clean water although aid is now arriving

 

Gorkha

Hundreds of villages have been destroyed around the epicentre in Gorkha, which is a difficult region to navigate even when the roads are clear. Helicopters are now delivering food aid to areas identified by the World Food Programme as needing critical help

Eurasian

Plate

The worst affected

areas – details below

Mount Everest

– detail below

Kathmandu

Indian Plate

Fault

line

The epicentre of the 25 April earthquake was in a remote area of Gorkha district 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu.

It had a magnitude of 7.8 and a shallow underground focal point of 15km, which increased ground shaking. Several aftershocks occurred in the following days.

Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes because it straddles the boundary between two tectonic plates which collided 50 million years ago forming the Himalayas

15-200

400-800

200-400

1,100-2,000

800-1,100

Death toll

4

3

2

1

Camp 4

Camp 3

Camp 2

Camp 1

Khumbu

icefall

Base camp

Summit

8,848 metres

The climbing season was just getting underway on Mount Everest when the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche

Total deaths by district

The earthquake took a deadly toll in both the densely populated Kathmandu valley and isolated rural villages

Epicentre

30 miles

India

China

Xizang

Tibet

3.0-4.0

4.0-5.0

5.0-6.0

6.0-7.0

7.0-8.0

Gorkha

India

China

Tibet

Bhaktapur

Lalitpur

Kathmandu

Nuwakot

Dhading

Kavrepalanchowk

Makwanpur

Khotang

Okhaldhunga

Ramechhap

Dolakha

Rasuwa

Sindhupalchwok

Sindhupalchowk

The death toll in this hilly district is expected to rise further as remote villages await aid. Thousands of people are now homeless and in need of clean water, food and shelter

 

Kathmandu

Brick and wood homes belonging to the capital’s poorest residents were demolished along with many religious and historic sites. Thousands are sleeping in tents with little or no access to sanitation and clean water although aid is now arriving

 

Gorkha

Hundreds of villages have been destroyed around the epicentre in Gorkha, which is a difficult region to navigate even when the roads are clear. Helicopters are now delivering food aid to areas identified by the World Food Programme as needing critical help

Epicentre

The worst affected

areas – details below

Mount Everest

– detail below

The epicentre of the 25 April earthquake was in a remote area of Gorkha district 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu.

It had a magnitude of 7.8 and a shallow underground focal point of 15km, which increased ground shaking. Several aftershocks occurred in the following days.

Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes because it straddles the boundary between two tectonic plates which collided 50 million years ago forming the Himalayas

15-200

400-800

200-400

1,100-2,000

800-1,100

Death toll

4

3

2

1

Camp 4

Camp 3

Camp 2

Camp 1

Khumbu

icefall

Base camp

Summit

8,848 metres

The climbing season was just getting underway on Mount Everest when the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche

Eurasian

Plate

Fault line

Indian Plate

Kathmandu

Gorkha

Total deaths by district

The earthquake took a deadly toll in both the densely populated Kathmandu valley and isolated rural villages

Kathmandu

Epicentre

Epicentre

30 miles

30 miles

India

China

Xizang

Tibet

Gorkha

India

China

Tibet

Bhaktapur

Lalitpur

Nuwakot

Dhading

Kavrepalanchowk

Makwanpur

Khotang

Okhaldhunga

Ramechhap

Dolakha

Rasuwa

Sindhupalchwok

Sindhupalchowk

The death toll in this hilly district is expected to rise further as remote villages await aid. Thousands of people are now homeless and in need of clean water, food and shelter

 

Kathmandu

Brick and wood homes belonging to the capital’s poorest residents were demolished along with many religious and historic sites. Thousands are sleeping in tents with little or no access to sanitation and clean water although aid is now arriving

 

Gorkha

Hundreds of villages have been destroyed around the epicentre in Gorkha, which is a difficult region to navigate even when the roads are clear. Helicopters are now delivering food aid to areas identified by the World Food Programme as needing critical help

3.0-4.0

4.0-5.0

5.0-6.0

6.0-7.0

7.0-8.0

The worst affected

areas – details below

Mount Everest

– detail below

The epicentre of the 25 April earthquake was in a remote area of Gorkha district 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu.

It had a magnitude of 7.8 and a shallow underground focal point of 15km, which increased ground shaking. Several aftershocks occurred in the following days.

Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes because it straddles the boundary between two tectonic plates which collided 50 million years ago forming the Himalayas

15-200

400-800

200-400

1,100-2,000

800-1,100

Death toll

Nepal

India

China

4

3

2

1

Camp 4

Camp 3

Camp 2

Camp 1

Khumbu

icefall

Base camp

Summit

8,848 metres

The climbing season was just getting underway on Mount Everest when the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche

Eurasian

Plate

Fault line

Indian Plate

Kathmandu

Bhaktapur

Lalitpur

Nuwakot

Dhading

Kavrepalanchowk

Gorkha

Makwanpur

Khotang

Okhaldhunga

Solukhumbu

Ramechhap

Dolakha

Rasuwa

Sindhupalchwok

Total deaths by district

The earthquake took a deadly toll in both the densely populated Kathmandu valley and isolated rural villages

Epicentre

30 miles

30 miles

India

China

Xizang

Tibet

Gorkha

Gorkha

Hundreds of villages have been destroyed around the epicentre in Gorkha, which is a difficult region to navigate even when the roads are clear. Helicopters are now delivering food aid to areas identified by the World Food Programme as needing critical help

Kathmandu

Brick and wood homes belonging to the capital’s poorest residents were demolished along with many religious and historic sites. Thousands are sleeping in tents with little or no access to sanitation and clean water although aid is now arriving

Sindhupalchowk

The death toll in this hilly district is expected to rise further as remote villages await aid. Thousands of people are now homeless and in need of clean water, food and shelter

India

China

Tibet

3.0-4.0

4.0-5.0

5.0-6.0

6.0-7.0

7.0-8.0

The worst affected

areas – details below

Mount Everest

– detail below

Kathmandu

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur

Lalitpur

Lalitpur

Kathmandu

Nuwakot

Nuwakot

Dhading

Dhading

Kavrepalanchowk

Kavrepalanchowk

Gorkha

Makwanpur

Makwanpur

Khotang

Khotang

Okhaldhunga

Okhaldhunga

Solukhumbu

Ramechhap

Ramechhap

Dolakha

Dolakha

Rasuwa

Rasuwa

Sindhupalchwok

Sindhupalchwok

15-200

400-800

200-400

1,100-2,000

800-1,100

Death toll

Nepal

India

China

1

4

3

2

Camp 4

Camp 3

Camp 2

Camp 1

Khumbu

icefall

Base camp

The climbing season was just getting underway on Mount Everest when the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche

Summit

8,848 metres

Total deaths by district

The earthquake took a deadly toll in both the densely populated Kathmandu valley and isolated rural villages

It had a magnitude of 7.8 and a shallow underground focal point of 15km, which increased ground shaking. Several aftershocks occurred in the following days.

The epicentre of the 25 April earthquake was in a remote area of Gorkha district 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu

Nepal is vulnerable to earthquakes because it straddles the boundary between two tectonic plates which collided 50 million years ago forming the Himalayas

Epicentre

Eurasian Plate

Fault line

Indian Plate