Brace for Impact

Those currently afflicted knew it was coming… yet what preparations were made? Scientific data offered warnings. Of these warnings nothing came; Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and Tibet are now all experiencing the repercussions.

Kanak Mani Dixit states that “This was a very class-conscious earthquake, in town & country it targeted underprivileged households with mud-mortar construction.” It is no coincidence that those who have been most affected by the earthquake are also those oppressed by poverty and weak communication infrastructure. I found it interesting that for many, the main form of preparation came in the form of prayer. Why was no preparatory action taken by the government or by members of the U.N.? Perhaps for the same reasons sea levels of New Orleans were never addressed.

On Saturday, April 25th 2015 an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude rocked central Nepal. Carole McGranahan speaks to the many unknowns that remain stating that there are “entire regions from whom we have not heard”. This being said I was surprised to learn that social media is the primary form of communication in this crisis. However, this reliance on social media must only further damage and prolong the effects of the earthquake.