As you probably know, on Saturday, April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal. It was the worst quake in the region in more than 80 years.
A 7.8 quake would be devastating anywhere in the world, but Nepal is especially vulnerable because it’s a mountainous country with widespread poverty, dilapidated roads, a delicate infrastructure and weak communication networks. Kathmandu (also spelled Katmandu) is the country’s capital and largest city, with a population of more than a million (the population of Nepal is about 27 million). It’s densely populated and most of its buildings are made up of unreinforced masonry, which easily crumbles in an earthquake.