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Nepal travel is safe after earthquake

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Nepal deadly earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015 at 11:56 PM local time.  It recorded 7.6-rector scale in Nepal. (However, it measured different magnitudes by the China and America) The epicenter was Barpak village, Gorkha District with an approximate 8 km depth hypocenter that was some 80 km northwest of Kathmandu. The most affected districts were 31 out of 75 of Nepal; Sindhupalchowk (1), Kathmandu (2), Nuwakot (3), Dhading (4), Rasuwa (5),  Gorkha(6), Bhaktapur (7), Kavrepalanchowk (8), Lalitpur (9), Dolakha (10), Makawanpur(11), Ramechhap(12), Solukhumbu(13) Okhaldhunga(14), Sindhuli(15), Sunsari(16), Chitwan(17), Bara(18), Parsa(19), Lamjung(20) Morang(21), Bhojpur(22), Kaski(23), Taplejung(24), Dhanusha(25), Sarlahi(26), Rautahat(27), Nawalparasi(28), Tanahu(29), Rolpa(30), and Rukum(31).

National earthquake center Kathmandu recorded some 40000 aftershocks, including 459 above 4-rector scale. On 25 April 2015, at 12:30 pm, 6.6 magnitudes (Gorkha-epicenter), on 26 April 2015 (Dolakha-epicenter) at 1:20 pm (6.3 magnitude), on 12 may 2015 (Dolakha-epicenter) at 12:50 PM (7.3 magnitudes), 6.7 magnitudes on 12:54 PM. occurred at 2:40 Pm in Kavrepalanchowk, 5.7 magnitude.

The reported casualties were 8964, injured 22400 and damaged around 800000 houses within the 31 districts. China, India, and Bangladesh also affected by this earthquake. Approximate 88000 houses collapsed only in the capital city Kathmandu. At least 20000 foreign nationals were visiting Nepal at the time of the earthquake.  In Langtang Valley, 250 people reported missing. Hundreds of thousands of people became homeless. The UNESCO heritage site badly damaged, especially in Katmandu valley and altogether around 400 cultural sites have damaged in Nepal. We noted unusual cry of birds and bark of dogs as well as a strange sound of wind immediately before and after the earthquake. The first few days quake we observed an unusual weather pattern in Kathmandu valley. Fear was rampant in the affected areas including injuries, suffocation, shock, acute anxiety, phobia, acute posttraumatic stress disorders, and gastroenteritis to the affected population

Numerous foreign countries, aid agencies helped Nepal, including International Federation of Red Cross, European Union, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Ajarbaizan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Canada, China,  Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Slovakia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City and Vietnam. The Nepal government mobilized an army, police and neighboring countries, rescue teams. Helicopters from Nepal Army, private sectors, and India used in earthquake affected areas of various districts (Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Kavrepalanchowk, Dhading, Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, and Solukhumbu) to supply relief package and rescue operation.

Numbers earthquakes struck in Nepal according to its history. The earthquake hit in 1255, 1408, 1681, 1767, 1808, 1823, 26 August 1833 (7.7 magnitude), 23 May 1866 (7.0 magnitude), 28 August 1916 (7.1 magnitude), 15 January at 2:28 PM, 1934 (8.2 magnitude), 27 May 1936 (7.0 magnitude), 4 September 1954 (6.5 magnitude), 11 January 1962 (6.0 magnitude), 26 September 1964 (6.2 magnitude), 12 January 1965 (6.1 magnitude), 27 June 1966 (6.0 magnitude), 29 July 1980 (6.8 magnitude), 21 August 1988 (6.8 magnitude), 9 December 1991 (6.2 magnitude), and the 2015 mentioned above.

Nepal is safe to visit for tourists. All the damaged structures are renovating. Tourists are welcome to visit Nepal and help to our economy after the devastating earthquake. Recently 700 tourists, including Nepalese assistants climbed Mount Everest successfully. The mountain, major cities, Lumbini, Chitwan and sunrise hill in the beautiful snow capped mountain peaks are all safe. Tourists could change Nepal as like as before the earthquake.