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Nepal Earthquake Urgent Appeal

Nepal Earthquake Aftermath

A collapsed house following the April 25 earthquake (credit R. Soucy La Roche)

The 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake on 25th April 2015 resulted in more than 7,800 casualties and injured thousands more. Two weeks later, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the region again. Tens of thousands of houses have been demolished and assistance is immediately needed for 400,000 families. The UN estimates that as many as eight million people have been affected.  Some of the most severe damage occurred in rural villages of Sindupalchowk district north of Kathmandu (where over 2,000 people have perished). Some of these villages have been completely destroyed. The monsoon rains will arrive in June, so the most pressing need for the survivors is access to shelter and food.

For more than 20 years, the Queen’s Tectonics Research Laboratory and its affiliates have relied on Nepali people from the Khumbu district (Lapcha and Kerung villages) to conduct research in the Himalaya. My graduate students and I have spent many months in the Himalayan mountains studying the geology and mountain-building faults. The April 25 and May 12 earthquakes that devastated Nepal were the result of motion on one of these faults. Two of my graduate students were in Kathmandu at the time of the first earthquake. They survived unharmed and are now back safely on campus. (see None of our research would have been possible without the dedication of our guides, Dawa and Pradap Tamang, and their friendly crew. 

QTRL research group with Pradap (left with blue cap) and Dawa (yellow jacket in the middle)

Luckily, all our Nepali friends are ok, and were initially eager to use their trekking skills and camping equipment to move into the remote villages of Sindupalchowk to assist in rebuilding and bring much needed food and clothing. Unfortunately, Dawa and Pradap’s villages (including their own homes) have been damaged or completely destroyed by the second quake and are now, themselves, in great need.

Pradap and his wife in front of their home in Lapcha (credit K.P. Larson)

Dawa (inset) and his home in Kerung (credit: K.P. Larson)


Location of Lapcha and Kerung villages, homes of Pradap and Dawa, respectively, and epicentres (red dots) of the April 25 (M7.8) and May 12 (M7.3) earthquakes. The east-west trend of the aftershocks (orange dots) suggests the fault slip surface is propagating eastward.

This appeal is for donated funds that will ALL go toward the people and reconstruction of Lapcha and Kerung. Urgent support is needed for the survivors. All funds will be transferred into a special bank account in Kathmandu set up solely for earthquake relief. We will transfer funds at regular intervals and will keep everyone updated through regular newsletters and photos showing how the money is being spent. Any donations can be sent directly to me (via email transfer, cheque, or cash).

Donate now to Nepal Earth Quake Urgent Appeal via Paypal Please make cheque out to Laurent Godin and address to: Bruce Wing/Miller Hall, 36 Union Street, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6

Please send payment via your personal Internet banking system to:

(Please note that 3% of your donation through credit cards will go towards administration fees for Paypal)

The survivors of Nepal thank you for your support.

Queen´s Tectonics Lab LOGOSincerely,

Laurent Godin & the Queen’s Tectonics Research Laboratory