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Earthquake in Nepal – Travelers Safe

The aftershock caused mass panic as many people were living in the open air after the 25 April quake. For the first seconds, it was complete silence. By the fifth second, everybody started to scream”, said an eyewitness. “It was really, really intense. Even when the shaking stopped, people were still screaming”. The tremor caused fresh landslides, and destroyed some buildings which survived the first quake.

In Nepal, at least 117 people were killed by the earthquake and more than 2,500 people were injured, primarily in mountain regions of the northeast. As of 15 May, 1,700 people were still receiving treatment for their injuries. Thirty-two of the nation’s seventy-five districts were affected by the quake. In Kathmandu, the streets were quickly filled as people fled buildings. Within hours of the quake, tents began to fill open areas of the city as residents were afraid to go back inside.[12] The district of Sindhupalchowk, which was also hit hard in the original quake, was among the worst affected areas. Between the two quakes, 95% of the areas houses were destroyed.[14] Areas around Mount Everest also saw fresh damage.

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