Stories Tagged 'Earthquakes'
I sleep fitfully, in between starts and stops, never deeply enough to dream. There are thousands around me, constantly moving, talking in languages that seem to meld into one incomprehensible stream of sound. The buzz of machinery, the hum of the air-conditioner, announcements over the PA all punctuate my sleep, waking me to a bright blue light that permeates the entire space and throws everything into stark relief, not one shadow in sight. I pull my hat down over my eyes and plug in my earphones, willing a sleep that can tolerate earthquakes.
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The earthquake of 25 April 2015 and its aftershocks extensively damaged some of the buildings in the University Campus of Tribhuvan University (TU) in Kirtipur, Kathmandu. The main administrative buildings housing the offices of the top managers of TU, including its Vice Chancellor (VC), were completely ruined. The old building of TU’s Central Library was also wrecked by the quakes.
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Kathmandu is perched on shaky ground; and its residents know it. Over the past millennia of recorded history, dozens of earthquakes—of varying magnitudes—have rumbled through the Valley, often leaving widespread casualties and destruction in their wake. But with each calamity, Kathmandu’s residents have stepped up to the plate, picked up the broken pieces and restored what was lost—its stunning architectural marvels renewed and passed on to the next generation for upkeep.
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The World Bank has approved a credit of $300 million to rebuild private houses destroyed by devastating earthquakes of April and May, 2015.
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Three earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 5.0 to 5.9 struck Batangas province on the Philippines main island Luzon on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.
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The government distributed noodles and biscuits worth Rs66.64 million to earthquake survivors, the Ministry of Industry said.
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