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posted Friday, May 15, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 20
Nepal hit with another quake
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by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor Still reeling from last month's devastating earthquake, Nepal was struck again Tuesday by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that caused more deaths, created fresh landslides and brought down already shaky buildings.

According to officials, more than 1,117 people were injured in the largest aftershock yet recorded from the 7.8 quake on April 25. The toll could rise as rescue and cleanup efforts are still underway.

U.S. military teams and Nepalese army personnel evacuated at least 16 injured people from Charikot to Kathmandu on Tuesday, the U.S. embassy said.

Embassy officials said they had no immediate reports of U.S. casualties. However, at least 30 of the country's 75 administrative districts were affected, according to state-run Radio Nepal.

In addition, the quake caused the temporary closure of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport; which has acted as the hub for relief operations.

The aftershock was reportedly so strong that it was felt as far away as New Delhi - some 500 miles west of Kathmandu. Last month's quake damaged or destroyed about 90% of the buildings in the town of about 6,000, which is built on a rugged ridge line.

Landslides were reported in parts of Sindhupalchowk (which suffered the greatest number of casualties in last month's quake.)

In central Katmandu's Durbar Square, residents of the capital ran into the streets to escape damaged buildings and crammed into city buses in an effort to get home.

At this point, according to Carson Cook, a former Seattle resident who lives in Nepal after moving a company he co-owns to Nepal, this scene is becoming all too repetitive. Between the aftershocks and the latest big quake, Cook says that while things were getting back to normal that all changed Tuesday.

'Again but still rocking,' Cook told Seattle Gay News on Wednesday, just hours after the last quake to hit the landlocked nation. 'Everything was getting back to normal. But now everyone is acting really cautious again.'

Cook let all of us who worry about his safety in the region know through Facebook, which set up a notification that an earthquake had just occurred May 12. The page, www.facebook.com/safetycheck/nepalearthquake-may12/ allows people who live in Nepal or who are traveling at the moment, to check in so their friends and family are updated quicker than if they tried to call relatives separately.

About eight months ago, Cook and his business partner Briton Stender moved part their credit card processing business to Nepal. Things were going well and just as the company was operating with 30 employees strong, the April 25 quake hit and essentially shut down the nation - and StenCo, Cook and Stender's business. Over half of their staff had gone missing and they set up an online fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/stencosupport asking the public for $15,000 to save their business, but first and foremost, to help the families who lost everything in the disaster. Currently they have raised over $5,000 but are still asking for donations.

[EDITOR'S NOTE:

Jet City Improve hosts fundraising event for Nepal
Jet City Improv is proud to announce a special comedy showcase on Sunday, May 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m, in support of the relief efforts in Nepal following the deadly earthquake that struck the region at the end of April.

The event will be held at the Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE.

All proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Mercy Corps, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that is providing food, water and shelter to the survivors of the Nepal earthquake.

Tickets are $20 for this two-hour show featuring a mix of local independent comedy groups including Carskee, Price/Nixon, Interrobang!?, Scenic Detour, Dance Buffet and Illuminaughty.

Tickets are available at the door or online at jetcityimprov.org.]

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