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.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Biggest Shake ever Nepal Earthquake 2015



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 by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU3SIvRtST8. 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 shoes an intersection at Aasan Dabali in Kathmandu one of the busiest place. The day was Saturday around noon thus the footfall was not quite dense. I am putting a part of the clip around 1.20 seconds to remind everyone, how the earth shakes when it becomes 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 is how they shook a building in Lab for seismic resistance of one scaled model of one 30 story building  in China. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N_Q6Q-3o7M.
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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

UNESCO insistence with Mud Mortar and Kathmandu Heritage in ruins



UNESCO could have been wiser with Mud mortar in Kathmandu. See what is standing is what local's built with their little knowledge...Million Dollars of UNESCO simply crumbled to dust in 2 minutes...! May be it is high time to rethink on binding mortar when we rebuild these precious heritage to stand a big tremor if at all it happens in future.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kathmandu Tour after #NepalEarthquake 2015


It was a catastrophic event, the loss of life and property in two days is almost 9 to 50% of Nepal GDP. It shall take years to rebuild, and we shall require a massive aid from the well wishers and the rich countries and people around the world. The fear of the earthquake is partly gone, but it needs time for normalcy. In the city of Kathmandu, the damage is not that severe and it is there in isolated pockets. It mostly shear failure, where the building fails because of the short column and weak lower level. But some area soil gave way and the building failed. But at large the old buildings and weak buildings failed and unfortunately our precious heritage simply crumbled into dust. On the brighter side, In Kathmandu almost 99% of the buildings seems to be intact, but they have been damaged but not failed and developed cracks, and mostly limited to non structural elements. Now it is high for Nepalese Engineering and architectural community to rise above and educate people to relieve the fear of going back to their properties. We might need a large numbers expert community also form around the globe. This is a complied clip of a tour of the city and the drive of some 20 kilometers from Kathmandu towards the edge of Banepa on Arniko Highway. Unfortunately in the Banepa lies Sankhu, which has been severely affected , which I could not cover in the Video, it s only the drive through the highway. While writing this also there was noticeable shake of around 4.5 – 5 ritcher scale. Bye for now till we meet again in the new episode.

We must have been fortunate the extent of the visible damage in this part of Kathmandu in video of 28 minutes almost nil...this can give a little sigh of relief.But in the larger context this #Nepal Earthquake 2015 has wiped out so many parts of the rural areas and also in the core cities. The historic sites are in a dire strait, Was it a demon rising... and I wonder how the mother earth can be so cruel ... !!!...???? My prayers to all the departed soul, and to the ones who have survived all still in a big trauma... !
Both the tours were conducted on April 28 2015.... in the first half and second half of Tuesday.

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