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On 9/18/2011 12:40:48 PM UTC an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and depth 20.7km has struck an moderately populated area in the Mechi Province (population: 1.2 million) in Nepal. GDACS estimates the likelihood for need of international humanitarian intervention to be medium (Orange alert).
This earthquake can have a medium humanitarian impact since the affected region is moderately populated and has medium resilience for natural disasters.
The earthquake 159km from the city of Thimphu. The nearest populated places are Ghunsa (15km), Lhonak (8km). It is a mountainous region with a maximum altitude of 8361 m.
This report was automatically updated by a computer on: 9/18/2011 1:01:09 PM UTC (20 minutes after the event)
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Previous reports for this earthquake.
The population in the area of this earthquake if 13 people/km?. (Data source).
The earthquake occurred at 18h local time. At this time a day, more people are at work and therefore more vulnerable to collapsing office buildings. During traffic hours, people can be affected by collapsing bridges and other road infrastructure.
|Radius (km)||Population||Density (people/km?)|
The affected region has low level of urban area (0%) and a high level of cultivated area (26.7%). In urban areas more damage can be expected than in cultivated or natural areas. (Data source)
|Radius (km)||urban areas||cultivated areas||other|
Resilience is the capacity of the population to cope with a hazard. Since much of investments in earthquake preparedness and available funds for quick response is related to household income, the GDP per capita can be used as a rough indicator of resilience.
Nepal has a GDP per capita of 222 PPP$ (Parity Purchasing Power Dollar, about 1 Euro) and is therefore part of the medium level income countries. Therefore, the earthquake happened in an area of medium resilience.
Based on the combination of 9 indicators, ECHO attributes Nepal a medium vulnerability.
|ECHO Intervention Priority Ranking for Nepal|
|Exposure to Major Disasters|
|Humanitarian effects of population movement|
|Refugees and IDPs|
|Health of children under five|
|Other vulnerability factors|
|Access to health care|
|Prevalence of HIV, TBC and malaria|
|Gender-specific Human Development|
Key: Bad - Medium - Good - No data
Both conditions for survival and conditions for delivering aid strongly depend on the current weather and temperature. The following graphs show the current and forecast weather.
Current weather conditions and forecasts at earthquake location (lat: 27.7296 - long: 88.0825) (Data source).
More detailed observations at closest weather station (Taplejung): WeatherByWeb - NOAA
Landslides: The maximum slope in the area of the earthquake is 103.987% and the maximum altitude is 8361 m. Since this is a unknown slope, the risk of earthquake induced landslides is unknown. Note, however, that the slope data is not reliable on a local scale, while landslides depend very much on local topography, soil and meteorological conditions. More...
The following critical infrastructure is nearby and could be affected by the earthquake:
The distance to nuclear installations is evaluated based on a 1999 UN dataset containing the location of nuclear plants in the world. If plants are near and the earthquake magnitude is above 6.5, the alert is set to orange. Note that the location of plants is approximate with errors of up to 100km.
The nearest civilian airport (Taplejung) is at 61km from the epicenter. Other airports are: Thakurgaon (194km), Jogbani (177km), Biratnagar (161km), Rajbiraj (190km), Chandragadhi (129km), Baghdogra (119km), Hasimara (171km), Bhojpur (120km), Lamidanda (140km), Tumlingtar (99km), Taplejung (61km), Rumjartar (157km), Ramechap (115km), Paro (137km), Phaplu (148km), Jiri (182km), Lukla (133km)
Ports nearby are: [None]
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