Another Earthquake Further Devastates Nepal; At Least 80 Reported Dead, Almost 2,000 Injured — and How You Can Help
A n earthquake with a magnitude reportedly measured at 7.3 on the Richter scale rocked much of eastern Nepal on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, with its epicenter located approximately 47 miles east northeast of Kathmandu, according to this article posted at the official Internet web site of the United States Geological Survey; and six further aftershocks — one with a magnitude as high as 6.3 — have occurred to the southwest-to-southeast of that earthquake.
At least 80 people have been confirmed dead with additional fatalities expected; and almost 2,000 people have been reported injured as a result of the earthquake, which occurred approximately halfway between Kathmandu and Mount Everest; and was felt by people in the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, northern portions of India, and China.
Greater than 8,000 people have already been confirmed dead as a result of an earthquake with a magnitude measured at 7.8 on the Richter scale which rocked much of Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and from which much of Nepal was still recovering. That earthquake severely damaged the capital city of Kathmandu. Many structures in that city are feared to be unstable and unsafe as a result of the earthquakes — especially after guest houses and at least one school collapsed — and people were reportedly warned to vacate buildings as a precaution.
As with the last earthquake, if your plans involve travel to, from or within Kathmandu or surrounding areas, expect significant disruptions and have alternate plans available to you — especially as the international airport which serves Kathmandu was reported closed. As always, call the airline, hotel or other travel provider for the latest updates.
If you would like to contribute to the effort in assisting those people affected by the earthquakes — and perhaps earn a few frequent travel loyalty program miles or points in the process — click on one of the following links to find out how you can help:
- United Airlines will award bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate $50.00 or greater — up to a total of five million miles; and in addition, United Airlines will contribute up to $50,000.00 in total matching donations to Airlink, AmeriCares, The American Red Cross and Operation USA:
- Receive 250 MileagePlus miles when you donate between $50.00 and $99.00
- Receive 500 MileagePlus miles when you donate between $100.00 and $249.00
- Receive 1,000 MileagePlus miles when you donate a minimum of $250.00 or more
- Hyatt Hotels Corporation is donating $100,000.00 to support Mercy Corps — its global humanitarian relief partner — in their emergency relief efforts; and each donation of 5,000 Gold Passport points results in a gift of $25.00 to Mercy Corps
- Canadian Red Cross — Disaster relief and preparedness fund which is a partner of the Beyond Miles program of Aeroplan
- Médecins Sans Frontières — a partner of the Beyond Miles program of Aeroplan
- Canadian Medical Assistance Teams — a partner of the Beyond Miles program of Aeroplan
Meanwhile, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of this latest disaster — whose extent is still currently unfolding.
The map is from the official Internet web site of the United States Geological Survey. Please click here to access the interactive map.