If you haven’t already heard, the area around Kathmandu, Nepal was hit with a whopping earthquake earlier today, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale with an epicenter located close to the surface, meaning that its destructive power was concentrated so as to really wallop a relatively small area. At last count over 1000 people have died (UPDATE: as of Monday morning that number now stands at over 3600, and likely to keep going up) as a result of the quake, undobtedly many thousands upon thousands more have been injured and/or uprooted, and the entire area’s infrastructure appears to have virtually collapsed, including several of its irreplaceable World Heritage sites.
If you have the ability, please consider giving to one of the many charities already working in Nepal or responding specifically to this earthquake, including the ones I’m listing here:
- UN World Food Programme
- Doctors Without Borders
- Save the Children
- International Red Cross/Red Crescent
- Mercy Corps