In response to the devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake that happened in Nepal on Saturday, April 25, the International Student Association (ISA) at Black Hawk College is holding a fundraiser from May 4 to May 7. Funds will be collected in Building 1 outside of the Hawk’s Hub and in Building 4 in the Hawk’s Nest from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day.
Money can also be dropped off at the International/ESL office in Building 1 (between Hawks Hub and the Library) at any time. All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities to aid the relief efforts in Nepal.
Search and rescue missions continue, and rescuers are still finding people alive. An infant was found in the rubble five days after the quake, and a 101 year old man was found after eight days. Injured victims number more than 15,000, and the dead over 7,000.
Disaster relief officials report that there are still remote areas workers haven’t been able to reach due to destruction from the tremor. Donkeys have been used to deliver aid in some locations where roads are poor and helicopters are scarce. In a report by The Guardian, victims yet to be reached could number in the hundreds of thousands.
While aid relief organizations rush to find ways to help those in need, scientists are a buzz in the quake’s aftermath. LiveScience reported that an area 75 miles long by 30 miles wide in Kathmandu lifted vertically by about three feet. Many of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Everest, shrank by about one inch. UNAVCO, a geoscience research consortium explained that the Earth’s crust relaxed in the areas north of Kathmandu after the quake.
The last major earthquake in this area occurred in 1934 with a magnitude 8.4, claiming about 8,400 lives. Tremors happen regularly along the fault line that runs beneath the Kathmandu Valley. Two years ago the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published a report anticipating the potential need to find shelter, food and water for 1.8 million people.
Kiran Bhakta Joshi, a Nepalese native and Hollywood insider, created a documentary released in January called “Moving Mountains.” The film used digital animation to create the imagined devastation that might result if and when another huge earthquake happened. He worked in cooperation with The U.S. Embassy and Red Cross in hopes of raising awareness about preparing for disasters.
Despite his detail and close accuracy expecting what might happen for the film, Joshi was sickened by the destruction that was real. “We thought we were exaggerating the damage when we made our documentary,” Joshi stated. “It’s chilling.”
For detailed information about the science behind the earthquake, go to www.wsj.com and search “How the Nepal earthquake happened like clockwork.”