As you’ve read in my previous blogs, I’ve been updating about the earthquake in Nepal; especially my personal experiences. After the 6.6 Richter scale earthquakes on 25th April, we have not had such high magnitude earthquakes though there were rumors of a 9 Richter scale earthquake. That was the reason we had to camp in a field. We had camped in our garage the night before but as the garage had various cracks after the two high magnitude earthquakes, we were compelled to go to the field.
The night in the field was the worst night I’ve ever had. It was not just full of mosquitoes and sleeplessness but shivers from the pouring rain. The entire neighborhood had huddled together in three tents or plastic sheds. That was the reason there was no space at all. There were around 60-70 people huddled in the tent and there was no space to even breathe. My mum, elder sister, grand mum and grand dad was all trying our best not to get soaked in rain.
We were having a tough time but my grandparents were having even tougher time especially my grand mum. She cannot walk and we had to hold her and half carry her there. And as she has joint problem and not being able to stretch her feet was very uncomfortable for her. After trying to adjust for hours, it was unbearable for them so at around 5 am, we had to leave the field and come back to the garage.
Yesterday we spent the day in the garage and after the horrible experience in the field we swore we would never spend the night there. But during the evening at around 7 pm, Jhapa, a district in Nepal had a 5 Richter scale earthquake. So, there was news of earthquake here too. This compelled us to return back to the field as I’d mentioned our garage was not safe due to the cracks. But there were extra plastic sheds/ tents due to which we had enough space and it did not rain so we had a comfortable night as compared to the prior one. And yes, there was an earthquake last night too of about 4.5 Richter scale so the shift was worth it.
Now we have shifted back to the garage but will probably head to the field at about 12 noon to 3 pm because that is the time there are chances of earthquakes. Everyone is terrified but the amount of terror has decreased as we’ve
now been used to mild quakes. There have been uncountable quakes and after feeling the earth move so much, we feel shaken all the time. I don’t know if it’s because of weakness, nausea or the earth is actually shaking. The quakes have still not stopped and there was a quake this morning too. Let’s hope for the best but as per the news there won’t be earthquakes of high magnitude. Still we have this fear due to which any rumors will bring chills to our spines and we would be forced to take any precaution possible.
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