Monday, May 25, 2015

Kathmandu Durbar Sqaure melts into oblivion



This is how Kathmandu shook that fateful day April 25 2015.... an EQ of 7.9- 8.1 RS, the trauma always remains, but the life has to go on... We all shall learn to live with the memory slowly I feel.... ! 
This footage was originally published in Facebook by the converter org…. But I took the liberty to translate the clip in English with a little bit of description about the place and the situations. It was the darkest day after nearly 80 years. This day wiped out our precious heritage in matter of seconds in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares. It shall take years to rebuild, the death toll has already crossed 10,000 with 500,000 house destroyed, and 8 million people affected. Some areas in Dolkha, Burpak, Sindupalchowk, Langtang has been simply wiped out from the map and few houses in Kathmandu Valley has collapsed, but the houses in Gongabu, Balaju, Ramkot, Sankhu has been severely affected.
This Clip shows the main plaza of Kathmandu Durbar Square as you enter from the eastern section. As the ground shakes you may have observed the cracking of the windows on the main palace on the right hand side and the people tossed here and there. In a matter of seconds the place is full of dust as our pride and heritage crumbles into the dust. The sad story repeats in the heart and mind of the people of Nepal and so many tourist who have been a part of the architectural wonder of Nepal, a UNESCO World heritage site. The clip reminds anyone of the sad day and one would wonder how the earth shook to the tune of a quake  as large as 7,9-8.1 RS, which is 260,000 times larger than the one small tremor which happened in Kent, England around 4.2 RS few days back.
The Quake made Kathmandu Shift by around 10 feet, and the sway in east west was around 3.5 second lag, and north south around 5 second lag. It had an 0.2 acceleration which the entire heritage site shook and the precious treasure became a thing of the past.
We should all rise above to rebuild it. And I want to plead to UNESCO …that when we rebuild it and lets try to stick to some of the conventional wisdom and technology to make sure it shall stand against the tide of yet another powerful Earthquake.

The quake was so very powerful my feet still trembles nearly a month later today. We had more than six shakes of plus 6 RS magnitude in a period of two weeks and one 7.4 RS of May 12 literally petrified everyone in town.
Hope The God becomes merciful to all of us here in Kathmandu… ! We have been shattered like anything, Hope it cools down and we begin a normal life soon.

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