Local Man in Nepal Sends Photos and Report from the Scene of Today’s Earthquake That Killed Hundreds
“We are stuck in Lukla. No flights in or out,” came the message from Dave Creech. He and his partner Neal Carnam, both of Northern California, had been exploring the area around Mount Everest when a 7.8 quake struck. Family here anxiously awaited news (see this post here for more information) for hours until just recently when Creech and his partner were able to contact them and let them know they were all right.
When the quake hit, Creech wrote that at first they weren’t worried. “Well, we are from Northern [California.] So at first like no big deal. Then when I saw a big chunk of the building fall into the patio, I remembered these aren’t [California] Building codes. We went to a doorway for a few seconds. Then we got outside and just kept looking up for falling [debris.]”
Creech and Carnam said that they are now in Lukla where there isn’t as much damage but, “all these place are just block[s] stacked on top of each other so a lot of the places had parts just fall on the ground.” Creech said that Carnam who is an engineer thinks that “most of the buildings” are unsafe following the quake but that local residents have nowhere else to go.
The two had planned to hike more in the area but are now seeking a flight home without much success.
Below Creech sent photographs from the area as the people in Nepal grapple with damaged buildings and fears of aftershocks.