If this rooms a rockin…

Vagabond Tim

So I was lying in bed when the damn thing started jumping and shaking like it was possessed. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 hit Kathmandu and wrecked my neighbourhood and specifically my neighbours house.

Everyone local gathered in the garden (a big field of veggies) and waited out the numerous aftershocks and discussed the smell of gas that we all noticed by could not locate the source of.

It bore many similarities to the last earthquake I was in, people freaking out and shouting, some shit fell down, I stood there just watching it totally unconcerned. I am starting to think that there might be a name for my condition of not giving a crap about natural disasters…

I’ll add more as I learn it, as of yet the death count is uncertain. Most things are actually…

Update as of Apr 28
So far about there are over 1000 dead, countless injured. The PM is estimating 10,000 by the time all the rural areas weigh in. Unfortunately even before the quake many of them had spotty communication at best and little to no medical personnel available. Since many roads were fairly wrecked getting those people to those areas is quite a challenge itself. There is also the rather rampant disappearance of foreign aid that ends up on the black market within hours, often faster than it is distributed legitimately.

The upside being that my house was like whoville on the night of the 25th and 26th. They sang without this or that, blah and blah, actually only one guy was singing. The rest of us were sitting around in the dark smoking and drinking and waiting for aftershocks. There are tent cities in almost every available field, not just due to the destroyed homes but also the fear of further destruction.

There are rumours ranging from the moon has become out of phase to an 8.5 magnitude earthquake next week. Now most of them are patently absurd but are still being accepted and passed around which simply adds to the chaos. However as night falls the tent cities begin to mirror my kitchen, groups of people singing and making food for the mass of people. If there is one thing you can say about the Nepali people they are remarkably resiliant.

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One Comment

  1. Theresa Hubble
    Theresa HubbleReply
    May 12, 2015 at 10:05

    I woke up to numerous Nepal-earthquake-related news app notifications… And thought of you. Not sure where you are in relation to epicentre or shockwaves, but hoping you still have a few lucky horseshoes laying around??

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