Nepal Earthquake

The earthquake in Nepal has become the focus this weekend. Twitter’s #NepalEarthquake is providing an invaluable source of news and I had my first experience of a Google Public Alert.

But whilst there is lots of news about the avalanche on Everest, and the destruction in KTM, I fear we’re going to see and hear worse from the Gorkha region where the epicentre was.

I’ve been thinking of Val‘s friends in Nepal, and especially the people we met in Manaslu and Tsum over Easter. These areas are very close to the ‪epicentre of the main earthquake, yet so far there’s been no mention of them in the news reports or even on Google. #Gorkha on Twitter has proved the most informative today.

This Google map shows Barpak village (left), Manaslu and the villages I visited on my Tsum Valley trek over Easter (right) – Barpak is 14km NW of Soti Khola where we started our trek (pin 3):