Nepalese residents walk past road damage following an earthquake in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP photo/Prakash Mathema)
With over 3000 people declared dead following the 7,9 magnitude earthquake that hit Kathmandu, Nepal on Sunday, relief efforts have intensified to provide assistance to survivors, those in critical conditions and those that are still missing since. Speaking to 702's John Robbie, Lead Competency Manager and seismologist at the Council for Geosciences, Michelle Grobbelaar has warned that the probability of aftershocks is high:
Yes, definitely, especially with an earthquake of this magnitude. If you look at the event in the Orkney area last year in August, that was a 5.5 and we were noticing shocks for a couple of weeks, if not even longer after Orkney. All your top seismologists are struggling to predict earthquakes - you even have some of the top scientists from Japan and the United States down in our mines in South Africa, doing studies here and really trying to predict earthquakes. We can predict plus-minus, but we cannot predict down to the day.
Meanwhile, there have been South Africans present in Nepal during the time of the earthquake, including a group of school girls on a hiking adventure. Lee-Anne Stevens from Pretoria has a 16-year-old daughter Savannah who is part of the group and she shared her relief with 702's John Robbie:
All the girls are accounted for, including their teachers and their leaders and we are very grateful for that. All we are being told is that they are safe - there's been no other confirmation over their circumstances. Savannah just turned 16 now in March and so a lot of her peers are between 16 and 18. The girls are part of a mission organised by World Challenge - a company based in the UK that's been operating for 28 years - but were representing St. Mary's DSG in Pretoria. World Challenge have a 24-hour call centre for updates. Gift of The Givers also noted that the girls are there.
A friend of South African Everest climber Saray Khumalo also spoke of her relief on Cape Talk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies. Sarita Schultz is a friend of Khumalo's:
It was an extremely long evening , but thankfully, she called us yesterday on her cellphone and said she was fine. She's climbing for the Mandela Library Fund so anyone that wants to can donate on their website, because she's climbing for a purpose. You can go to Participate For Good and click on Saray Khumalo.
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