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2015 Nepal earthquake
Magnitude 7.8 (Mw) or 8.1
Depth 8.2 km (5.1 mi)
Epicenter 28°13′48″N 84°43′52″E / 28.230°N 84.731°E / 28.230; 84.731Coordinates: 28°13′48″N 84°43′52″E / 28.230°N 84.731°E / 28.230; 84.731
Type Thrust
Areas affected
Total damage $10 billion (about 50% of Nepal's nominal GDP)
Max. intensity VIII (Severe)
Aftershocks 7.3 Mw on 12 May at 12:50
6.7 Mw on 26 April at 12:54
459 aftershocks of 4 Mw and above as of 24 May 2016
Casualties 8,857 dead in Nepal and 8,964 in total 21,952 injured 3.5 million homeless

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake) killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred at on 25 April. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8Mw. Its epicenter was east of the district of Lamjung. Its hypocenter was at a depth of about 15 km (9.3 mi). It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19 people. This makes April 25, 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history. The earthquake triggered another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing.

Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages destroyed. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake.

Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal within 15–20 minute intervals. One shock reached a magnitude of 6.7 on 26 April at NST. The country also had a continued risk of landslides.

It created 7 avalanches after. Many Nepalese countries had suffered from the quake.

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