Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - A 7.3 magnitude aftershock shook Nepal on Tuesday (their time). As previously mentioned, the seismic event that began with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 is continuing and gives every indication that it will continue to continue. The Tuesday quake was followed closely by at least ten strong aftershocks.
Centered in northern Nepal, between Kathmandu and Mt. Everest, the most recent quake measured 7.3 on the Richter Scale. The April 25 quake measured 7.8. By comparison, the 2010 Haiti earthquake measured 7.0. Thus, this "aftershock" was several times more powerful than the quake that destroyed Haiti.
Several factors compound the impact of these quakes. On its best day, Nepal is an impoverished, overcrowded, ineffective, and unhealthy Third-World nation. Nepal is considered "Third-World-Minus." That is, instead of steadily improving as a nation, Nepal is declining.
Nepal's decline is measured in terms of an increasing population with decreasing standards of living. Disease, malnutrition, and poverty mark the lives and early deaths of the Nepalese. The combination of unsanitary conditions, a displaced and distressed population, nonexistent disaster relief, and primitive infrastructure now points toward epidemic and social unrest.
Imagine living through a 7.8 magnitude quake on April 25, living through near-constant aftershocks, and then living through yesterday's 7.3 quake. The emotional suffering must be one of the worst effects of this disaster. People continue to live out of doors due to fears that aftershocks will collapse buildings damaged by previous quakes and aftershocks. Necessities of life - food, shelter, clean water and medical care - are at a premium.