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"The ground is shaking...." ~Everest Basecamp Avalanche 2015

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Two different sets of death stats: one from the earthquake and one from the avalanche:

Death toll is currently at around 2500, but the situation in many of the more remote areas is yet unknown. There are 18 confirmed deaths on Mt Everest so far, but many other climbers and trekkers all around the place (not just everest) that have yet to make contact.

Yikes. This goes down as one of the biggest earthquake disasters in history, right?

Not even close. Shows you how little I know. 

I'd never heard of the Huascarán avalanche - 20,000 perished in Peru in 1970!

Yes, that reminds me how big the world is that there have been giant calamities I've never heard of. 

How to help Nepal: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake

I gave to the Red Cross. I wonder why they weren't mentioned?

No idea.  Some of those mentioned have a presence in Nepal already.

"This is not a comprehensive list of the organizations doing important work in Nepal. If you have other recommendations, share them below. You can use Charity Navigator or another site, GuideStar, to learn more about how a given nonprofit spends the resources it collects."

Oh good.

Facebook is doing a $200 million match.

Neat. LAAF tweeted Gates foundation approved nonprofits:

And the ChangeTip community has now donated over 13 Bitcoins.

Wow!  That's awesome!

Every bit helps, right? :)

More about the 2015 Nepal quake:  The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 7.8. It said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time (0611 GMT) at Lamjung, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. Its depth was only 11 kilometers (7 miles), the largest shallow quake since the 8.2 temblor off the coast of Chile on April 1, 2014.

The shallower the quake the more destructive power it carries.

Seems like a bad quake. As quakes go. 

Populous, high altitude bad.

Yeah that's really bad. 

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