…as Kathmandu rose by about 3 feet.
The first good view of the aftermath of Nepal’s deadly earthquake from a satellite reveals that a broad swath of ground near Kathmandu lifted vertically, by about 3 feet (1 meter), which could explain why damage in the city was so severe. The data also indicate the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, got a wee bit shorter.
The new information comes from Europe’s Sentinel-1A radar satellite. Scientists are racing to interpret the Sentinel data, which were made available today (April 29) just hours after the satellite passed over Nepal. The preliminary data can help guide relief efforts on the ground by identifying areas that were damaged or hit by landslides.
A catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing thousands and destroying numerous houses and buildings.
More than 2,200 people are known to have died, and the death toll is expected to rise as officials dig through the rubble.
The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh and on Mount Everest.
Survivors will be living out in the open due to the danger of damaged buildings falling with the aftershocks of the earthquake. Food, safe drinking water, shelter, and medical care will be in short supply.
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