Documentary recalling the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that devastated Nepal on 25 April 2015, killing over 8000 people, destroying religious and historic monuments and causing an ice avalanche on Everest.
For decades geologists have warned of Nepal’s vulnerability to a deadly earthquake, a fearsome echo of the 1934 event which claimed 17,000 lives. At 11:56am on Saturday 25th April, a miniscule shifting of rock nine miles beneath the Earth’s surface unleashed a shockwave with the force of 20 thermonuclear weapons. The resultant 7.9 magnitude earthquake tore through Nepal, a natural disaster which preyed on the region’s vulnerability. This fast-turnaround documentary calls on expert interviews and seismic demonstration, first-hand testimony from those who survived the event, footage from TV crews embedded in the rescue operations in Kathmandu, and exclusive glimpses of the earth science technology of the future which hopes to help humanity cope with natural events like this.
A massive earthquake rocks Nepal on April 25, 2015. In Kathmandu, centuries of culture are destroyed. In Langtang, an entire village is wiped out of existence. On Mount Everest, base camps and climbers are buried in a tsunami of ice. Thousands are dead, untold numbers are injured, and half a million homes are lost. Witness it firsthand, through personal footage and accounts of the survivors. Then discover the science behind this deadly force, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent such a disaster from happening again.
More than eight and a half thousand people died in the two major earthquakes which hit Nepal in April and May 2015. The UN estimates almost three million people are still living in the open. For Nepalis in poor, remote mountain villages, the challenge of rebuilding their homes and their lives is immense. For Our World, Yalda Hakim has travelled to Nepal after both major quakes to meet survivors struggling to salvage what they can in the aftermath of this devastating disaster.