John is doing well. The locals from the village were exceptionally concerned the day before yesterday when about a dozen earthquakes and aftershocks hit. At approximately 3:00 am this morning they felt the effects of another 5.0 magnitude earthquake. He also mentioned that early this morning it was exceptionally quiet and the only thing that he could hear was the jungle birds calling and the tigers roaring. Everybody was so exhausted from being awake all night, the night before last, that sleep was a necessity, not a luxury. The power came back on 20 minutes ago and stayed on for 30 minutes that is A typical.
He also mentioned that last night he found a deeply profound sense of peace along with the many of the village people. They pray that this sense of peace continues.... as they truly believe that this is the result of all the prayers around the world for the Nepali people.
The tremors continue on a regular basis.
John and the disaster team will be leaving Nagarkot tomorrow and the operating in Lantang will be there for at least another two weeks. As the team passes through Kathmandu we will be dropping 2 members at the airport as we have a large number of volunteers to arrive at Arughat.
Received a phone call from John at 3:19 am EST reassuring me that is is fine. They are having another earthquake. I could hear the people screaming in the background. John's hotel is facing a huge mountain. As he went outside he said he could see the trees shaking. Everyone is okay around him.
John is staying at the Nagarkot Sunshine Hotel
At 12:50:19 Nepal Time a 7.3 Magnitude earthquake hit 18km SE of Kodari, Nepal
At 1:21:53 Nepal Time a 6.3 Magnitude earthquake hit 33km NNE of Ramechhap, Nepal
We are relocating to Nagarkot. We will be doing an assessment to determine the stability of the structure on a school and removing rocks and debris from around the school and surrounding houses in order to reopen the school to the community.
8:15am Nepal Time
John is leaving with a group of 11 to a small isolated village called Ramche for disaster relief aide.
There is an army camp stationed at the base of the road.
This small village has experienced much devastation as every second house has been destroyed by the earthquake.
It is monsoon season therefore there is an urgent need for tarps to protect them from the heavy rains.
John arrived in Kathmandu and teamed up with engineers as we are digging between the houses to look for survivors. The work is challenging due to the instability of the structures.
The locals are gathering whatever they can find from the houses, such as pots, pans and clothing, in order to relocate and survive.
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