The epicentre

Destruction in Kathmandu

Satellite analysis shows the extent of building damage and large number of IDP (Internally displaced persons) camps formed on the outskirts of the city. Many people have been sleeping in the open after the quake and the United Nations has said at least two million people nationwide are in need of tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months.

On the outskirts

In the ancient temple town of Bhaktapur, east of Kathmandu, many residents were living in tents in a school compound after centuries old buildings collapsed.

Northeast of Kathmandu, the small town of Sankhu was also significantly impacted by the quake.

Note: Structural damage analysis is only available for central Kathmandu city. IDP camp data as of April 28.

Sources: USGS; UNITAR/UNOSAT; Copernicus Emergency Management Service; National Geospatial Agency IWG-R3; OpenStreetMap; Reuters


Dozens of landslides have been reported across Nepal's mountainous border region after the April 25 earthquake.

Large areas are left at high risk of further landslides in the coming weeks and months. An analysis by the University of Michigan shows which areas are most vulnerable.

Langtang Valley

The earthquake triggered a large avalanche and mudslides in Langtang Valley, a trekking region to the north of Kathmandu, causing extensive damage to the villages below.


Bodies were also found on Mount Everest, where an avalanche unleashed by the earthquake swept through base camp. More than 1,000 climbers had gathered there at the start of the climbing season.


April is one of the most popular times to scale Everest before rain and clouds cloak the mountain at the end of May. Climbers venturing beyond base camp in spring have increased dramatically compared to other times of year.

Sources: University of Michigan, Marin Clark, Nathan Niemi and Kate Lowe; ETH-Zurich, Sean F. Gallen; Richard Salisbury, Himalayan Database; Montana State University; RMI Expeditions; Google Earth (satellite image); Reuters