UPDATE: 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Results in Hundreds of Casualties and Extensive Property Damage; Multiple Aftershocks Reported
Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of Nepal. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily. Travel Safe!
Category: Natural Disasters
Severity: 4 (High)
Source: Drum Cussac
04/25/2015 (Nepal) – Media reports indicate that the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, 25 April, resulted in hundreds of dead and severe property damage. According to information released by Reuters at 1238hrs UTC at least 688 people died, 181 of which were killed in Kathmandu. Local authorities have stated that the casualty figures are expected to increase in the coming hours. The quake has led to an avalanche on the Nepalese slopes of Mount Everest as well as to the collapse of the Dharahara tower in Kathmandu. The Kathmandu airport (KTM) has also been closed.
According to the United States of Geological Survey (USGS), a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, at 1156hrs (0611UTC) on Saturday, 25 April. The quake’s epicentre was located 77km (48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. Data released by the USGS indicates that following the quake 18 other earthquakes occurred in Nepal as aftershocks. The tremors had a varying magnitude ranging between 6.6 to 4.2, the last tremor was reported at 1053hrs UTC.
The aforementioned quake has the potential of being one of the strongest and most damaging incidents in Nepal within the last decade. In-country personnel and clients with interests in Nepal should plan for large-scale disruptions to public services and to overland travel in areas between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Clients are advised that rescue operations may result in further disruptions in the capital. Personnel should prepare for potential aftershocks and heed all directives issued by local authorities. Clients should review their business continuity plans and make sure all their personnel is accounted for. Personnel with air travel needs including transit via KTM are advised to monitor the status of the airport as air operations from Kathmandu may experience further disruptions in the coming 24-hour period.
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