Nepal earthquake 2015

Update (12.05.15)

Following the devestating 7.8-7.9 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal on 25 April, a 7.3 magnitude quake struck on 12 May.

The epicentre of the earthquake was in Sindhupalchok district, north of the Nepali capital Kathmandu, an area badly damaged by the previous quake.

There have been further deaths and casualties.

Go to the links below for further information.


At 11.56 (NST) on 25 April, 2015, a 7.8–7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing over 5000 people and injuring almost 8000 (source). The exact death toll could reach 10,000.

It was the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in over 80 years.

The highest loss of life was in the capital, Kathmandu, due to its dense population and the number of buildings, many of which collapsed during the quake and after-shocks.

Rural villages were also destroyed or damaged, and avalanches triggered by the quake killed and injured mountaineers on Mount Everest.

The United Nations reported that over a quarter of Nepal's population, more than 8 million people, have been affected by the earthquake (source) with 1.4 million in need of food and assistance and tens of thousands without shelter.

Many aid agencies are supplying aid to those effected, but this is hampered by Nepal only having one airport with a single runway. Heavy rain and cold night-time temperatures put those without shelter at greater risk.

A large number of survivors have fled the capital to neighbouring regions due to the risk of aftershocks, landslides, disease, limited supplies of shelter, food and water, and lawlessness.

This page contains links to useful information about the disaster as well as personal accounts from survivors and teaching resources.



British Red Cross – natural disasters: earthquakes

Natural disaster: earthquakes is a new teaching package developed by the British Red Cross. The engaging resource helps young people (aged 11-19) learn about the humanitarian impact of natural disasters, with case study examples from the Nepal earthquake.

Supported by the Geographical Association, this package brings the geography curricular to life through the use of eyewitness accounts, videos and maps.

An adaptable learning pathway helps young people learn more about: natural disasters, earthquakes, the role of the Red Cross in disaster preparedness and response, and resilience and recovery.

Each activity is tailored to meet the needs of different ages and geography curricular. Find out more at:

Written by Stephen and Susan Schwab using photos and first hand accounts of the Nepal Earthquake 2015 from members of the charity Phase Worldwide who are working in Nepal.

Photos © Phase Worldwise

Mapping the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

An ESRI storymap about the Nepal earthquake showing:

  • the epicenters of recent earthquakes in and around Nepal
  • Population of Nepal
  • Tragedy of Everest
  • Map Information for Relief Operations


Seismic Data from Nepal earthquake

The ESRI map below presents recent earthquake information from the USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) program.


Nepal earthquake photos

The York and District Branch of the Geographical Association held a lecture where former solider Mark Brightwell told his personal account of the months following Nepal’s earthquake of 25 April 2015. Mark, a photographer and mountain leader, brought the reality of aid efforts to life and the number of questions from the audience is a testament to how fascinating his lecture was.

Download the photos (PPT) here.

Classroom activities

A set of activities produced by Matthew Podbury at the International School of Toulouse - France, based on the objective: To find out about the causes and effects of the earthquake that recently struck Nepal and the Himalayas and to share ideas for fund-raising initiatives.


Oxfam resources

Aimed at key stage 3, this page contains a slideshow presentation and an accompanying script to explore why some disasters are worse than others and ways of responding to disasters.


Devastation in Nepal: Katmandu Before and After the April 2015 Earthquake Satellite imagery of Katmandu in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. (ARCGIS)

12 May 7.3/4 quake

Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern (BBC, 13.05.15)

At least 39 dead after another powerful earthquake hits Nepal (CNN, 12.05.15)

Nepal earthquake: 7.3 tremor hits near Mount Everest - live updates (Guardian, 12.05.15)

Nepal earthquake, magnitude 7.3, strikes near Everest (BBC, 12.05.15)

25 April 7.8/9 quake

Nepal earthquake: Devastation in maps and images (BBC, 28.04.15)

This article explores an LEDC responses to a major natural hazard - Nepal's PM says earthquake death toll could reach 10,000 (Guardian, 28.04.15)

Nepal earthquake: Relief starts reaching remote villages (BBC, 29.04.15)

Nepal: UN agencies rush supplies to earthquake survivors amid powerful aftershocks (UN, 27.04.15)

Kathmandu daily exodus may reach 300,000 as residents flee chaos (Guardian, 29.04.15)

How Nepal’s earthquake was mapped in 48 hours (Wired, 28.04.15)

Nepal quake was 'nightmare waiting to happen' (Telegraph, 26.04.15)

First hand account of the Nepal earthquake – Rachel Hay RSGS Education Officer

A cartoon to stress the multiple problems; political, economic and physical geography that Nepal faces. Good for students to analyse and could they create a cartoon related to the Nepal disaster.

Drone video shows destruction in Nepal (CNN, 28.04.15)

Survivors Share Personal Stories From Nepal Earthquake - video (National Geographic, 06.05.15)

Nepal earthquake linked to Climate Change - More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Geologists Warn (Newsweek, 26.04.15)

More fatal earthquakes to come, warn geologists (Newsweek, 28.04.15)

Pearltrees page of links created by Rob Chambers.


Is it finally possible to predict earthquakes? (Guardian, 20.05.15)


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This is a fantastic starting page for A2 research on earth hazard case studies. Thank you for this.

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