Last week we talked about the new imagery in Google Earth following the April 25th Nepal earthquake.
On May 12th Nepal experienced a major aftershock consisting of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. Just one week later Google Earth already has imagery of Kathmandu and surrounding areas captured on May 14th, 2015.
Left: December 18th, 2014. Right: May 14th, 2015.
Above: A hillside in Sindhupalchowk, north-west of Kathmandu. According to Wikipedia, between the two quakes, 95% of this area’s houses were destroyed.
Left: November 2nd, 2014, Right: May 14th, 2015
The new May 14th imagery has replaced imagery from May 3rd. Several locations which showed piles of debris from collapsed buildings appear to have been cleaned up since then. We cannot do comparisons as the May 3rd imagery has not yet been put into ‘historical imagery’.
For the locations in this post as well as some other locations we have identified around Kathmandu based on this BBC article download this KML file. For best results, check again in a few weeks when the May 3rd imagery makes it into ‘historical imagery’.