NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

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When?
April 2015 at 12.50pm (lunch time)
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Level of development
LIC
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Type of plate boundary
Collision
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Strength
7.9 on Richter Scale
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Depth of focus
15km below Earth's surface - shallow earthquake
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Nature of area affected
Struck 150km away from the capital city Kathmandu - densly populated but rest of area is mountainous region - generally sparsely populated. - Kathmandu valley however is most densely populated part of Nepal.
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No. of people dead
8841
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No. of people homeless
1 million
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Total cost of damage
US $5 billion
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Main social effects/impacts
- 60% of buildings destroyed/damaged. - 40% of electrical lines and 60% of phone lines down for a month. - 95% of water supplies disrupted for several months. - Remote areas left to fend for themselves as all attention on capital Kathmandu.
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Main economic effects/impacts
- Economic loss equivalent 25% of the national budget for the year. - Cultural damage to sites like Durbar Square (World Heritage Site) - Drop in no. of tourists which are important for the economy.
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Short term relief effort (short term response)
- Nepal requested international assistance within 4hrs of quake. - 125,000 ex-service personnel+locals tired to rescue bodies. - 34 countries sent aid in international relief effort - initially medical supplies, blankets+food.
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Long term relief effort (Long term response)
- International relief effort supplied seeds for next harvest and financial help to rebuild. - Red Cross and Oxfam sent relief teams and donated expertise. - Response hindered by monsoon rainfall, cold conditions, after shocks and landslides.
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