M 7.1 in Nepal from 12 May 2015 07:05 UTC to 07:05
EQ parameters

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a high humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 7.1M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 27.78 , 86.07
Event Date: 12 May 2015 07:05 UTC
12 May 2015 12:50 Local
Exposed Population: 5627827 people within 100km
Source: GEOFON gfz2015jfwy
Inserted at: 12 May 2015 07:12 UTC


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  Earthquake GDACS score
GEOFON 2.4 2.4
gfz2015jfwy Scaled population (vector) n.a  
  C1 earthquake n.a  
  C2 earthquake n.a  
  Country Vulnerability n.a  
  INFORM_normalised n.a  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1080095 2.4 12 May 2015 07:05 7.1M, 10km N/A 5.6 million (in 100km) 00:07 GEOFON
1080098 2.6 12 May 2015 07:05 7.4M, 18.47km 7.07 5 million (in 100km) 00:23 NEIC
1080107 2.6 12 May 2015 07:05 7.3M, 15km 7.07 360 thousand (in MMI>=VII) 00:51 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
The episode that has the last updated information.
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Nepal , Zone of Janakpur (population 2,221,955) . The nearest places are Kathmandu, and Chilankha.

Radius Population
100 km 5.6 million people
75 km 3.2 million people
50 km 990000 people
20 km 140000 people
10 km 30000 people
5 km 6100 people
2 km <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Janakpur Nepal 2.2 million people
Bagmati Nepal 2.4 million people
Xizang China 2.4 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Chilankha Janakpur Nepal Village - 8 km
Kathmandu Bagmati Nepal Capital 770000 people 75 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Jiri JIR unknown 23 km
Phaplu PPL unknown 58 km


Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Kulekhani Kulekhani 1982 93 km

More information

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