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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Data Links for Nepal Earthquake

April 28th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Over the weekend, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal near the city of Kathmandu, followed by aftershocks that also resulted in many deaths and structural damage. Simultaneously, climbers on Mount Everest’s base camp were buried in an avalanche, precipitated by the quake.

The following are some sites that provide some geospatial insight into the events. I’m leaving the links whole in most cases so that they are easy for people to access and will add others as I learn about them. If anyone has any other links that should be added to this list, please contact me at

Dharahara Tower, Kathmandu April 2014 before the earthquake, courtesy DigitalGlobe

Dharahara Tower, Kathmandu April 2014 before the earthquake, courtesy DigitalGlobe

Remote Sensing for Nepal EarthquakeGeographic Information Systems Stack Exchange

Esri has published a pair of interactive maps about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that struck Nepal over the weekend. The following maps are available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing coverage.

Dharahara Tower, Kathmandu - post earthquake imagery

Dharahara Tower, Kathmandu – post earthquake imagery – courtesy DigitalGlobe

Earthquake Public Information Map

Explore the locations and intensities of the various quakes that struck Nepal, along with a shakemap from the USGS. This map also includes geotagged social media from Twitter and YouTube with local content related to the quakes.

You can embed this map with the following code:

<iframe width=”100%” height=”640px” src=”” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>

Mapping the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Take a closer look at Nepal’s history of seismic activity and learn more about the people impacted by the earthquakes. This story map also includes information about relief operations and key points of interest in the region, as well as a 3D web scene of the area affected by the avalanche on Mt. Everest.

You can embed this map with the following code:

<iframe width=”100%” height=”800px” src=”” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>


From the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team:

Dynamic data being updated

UN Humanitarian Response:

USGS  and World Wildlife Fund:

APAN Community:

WorldPop (population data):

UN Humanitarian Data Exchange:

Some photos from Lokesh Todi:

In response to the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25, DigitalGlobe has made high-resolution satellite imagery of the affected areas freely available online to all groups involved in the response and recovery effort through the company’s FirstLook initiative.

This imagery can be accessed via

Username: nepal
Password: forcrisis​

Airbus Defence and Space has acquired Pléiades satellites imagery to support the International Charter and Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The data acquired will assist in assessing the damage and help rescue organisations in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Pleiades image of Katmandu before and after

Pleiades image of Kathmandu before and after

The before and after Pléiades images over Kathmandu show the devastation caused by the earthquake. The “before” Pléiades image was acquired on November 29, 2014, and the “after” Pléiades image was acquired on April 27, 2015, two days after the earthquake.

Nepal Earthquake: Mapping its Ripple Effect Across Asia:

Nepal Earthquake – Washington Post

Nepal Aid Workers Helped by Drones & Crowdsourcing – Wall Street Journal

How Crisis Mapping is Helping to Shape the Relief Effort in Nepal – National Geographic

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