Initial Situation Report

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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

At 06:11 Zulu on April 25, a 7.9 M Earthquake was detected by international earthquake monitoring systems. The initial quake has been followed by multiple aftershocks, decreasing from Magnitude 7.9 to 4.5 over the past 7 hours. Current reports indicate significant damage to older structures and critical infrastructure in Kathmandu, some damage of older structures in Pokhara, numerous landslide events blocking roadways leading to the epicenter, and a major avalanche on Mt. Everest that overran Basecamps 1 and 2. Estimated casualties around Kathmandu and Pokhara have risen to 1,000 persons and rising.

Outside its currently overwhelmed cities, Nepal is an extremely impoverished nation with limited response capacity. The last earthquake event of this size occurred in 1934, 177 km from Kathmandu, killing over 8,500 persons. International assistance has been directly requested by the national government via the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, and more directly to the Indian and Chinese governments.