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09 Jan 2009 description

KATHMANDU, 9 January 2009 (IRIN) - The UN's International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) is planning to hold an international earthquake simulation response exercise in Nepal in April.

A global network of more than 80 countries and disaster response organisations, INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue related issues and aims to establish standards for international coordination in earthquake response.

The INSARAG exercise will take place in Kathmandu, one of the world's

04 Dec 2008 description

KATHMANDU, 4 December 2008 (IRIN) - Thousands of schoolchildren in Nepal are at risk of losing their lives in an earthquake, experts warn.

The lack of measures to mitigate such a potential disaster is causing serious concern to experts in Kathmandu, one of the most seismically active cities in the world.

"The lives of thousands of schoolchildren are at stake.

24 Nov 2008 description

KATHMANDU, 24 November 2008 (IRIN) - Kathmandu, one of the most seismically vulnerable cities in the world, is ill-prepared for the next big earthquake, experts warn.

"The situation is quite scary if you put the realities in front of you. We are already too late," said disaster expert Amod Dixit, executive director of the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), a local NGO working to raise earthquake awareness and preparedness.

"We're all deeply concerned about the earthquake risks in the Kathmandu Valley.

22 Aug 1988 description


UNDRO 88/1681

NEPAL - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
22 AUGUST 1988 - 12.30 HRS (GENEVA TIME)

1. STRONG EARTHQUAKE, MEASURING 6.7 RICHTER,OCCURRED ON 20 AUGUST AT 23.09 GMT NEAR NEPAL/INDIA BORDER ABOUT 160 KMS SOUTH-EAST OF KATHMANDU. PRELIMINARY EPICENTRE LOCATED AT LATITUDE 26.6 DEGREES NORTH, LONGITUDE 86.6 DEGREES EAST.

2. FIRST REPORTS FROM NEPAL INDICATE WORST AFFECTED AREAS ARE DAHARAN/DHANKUTA/TERATHUM/PANCHTHAR/ILAM/MORANG AND BHAKTAPUR INEASTERN PART OF KATHMANDU VALLEY.