Information for U.S. Citizens Affected by May 12 Earthquake in Nepal

Nepal experienced another significant earthquake at approximately 12:50 pm local time on May 12, following a 7.8 earthquake on April 25 and a large 6.7 aftershock on April 26. Initial reports from the U.S. Geological Survey indicate a magnitude 7.3 earthquake centered in the Dolakha District of Nepal, near the border with Tibet.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is on the ground conducting rescue operations and closely monitoring the situation. 

Following the initial earthquakes and subsequent rains, steep, mountainous areas had been destabilized and significant landslides had occurred. Additional landslides and avalanches may have been triggered by the May 12 earthquake, and more landslides and avalanches may be possible in such areas. Many buildings in Nepal had already experienced significant damage from the initial earthquakes, and may have suffered additional damage.

Any American citizens needing assistance in Nepal should contact the U.S. Embassy in Nepal at (+977 1) 423 4068, 423 4120, 423 4494, 423 4269, 423 4340, 423 4542, or 423 4144.  We encourage people in the United States to contact the State Department at NepalEmergencyUSC@state.gov or 1-888-407-4747 to provide us with information about U.S. citizens who may be in need of assistance in Nepal.

You can go to the USAID's Nepal Earthquake website, http://www.usaid.gov/nepal-earthquake, to find out how you can help those affected by the earthquake. The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations.

Please follow @USEmbassyNepal@theOFDA, and @StateDept on Twitter and 'like' the U.S. Embassy in Nepal on Facebook for updates.

USAID DART Team memberand a sniffer dog looks for survivors at the site of a building that collapsed in an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal
Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 12, 2015

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