Earthquake Devastates Nepal

By Mai Linh Nguyen
A high magnitude earthquake leaves many dead, including a Google executive, Dan Fredinburg.
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  • A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal early Saturday (April 25, 2015) morning leaving many dead, injured, and lost. The New York Times reports at least 3,800 people have died. That number is expected to rise. The massive tremor was the most powerful quake to hit this South Asian country in more than eighty years. Powerful aftershocks — some as strong as 6.7 in magnitude — have hampered recovery efforts and led to more damage.

    The earthquake was so powerful it was felt in the neighboring countries of India, Bangladesh and Tibet. It caused an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least 17 people including Google Executive Dan Fredinburg. Fredinburg’s ex-girlfriend took to Instagram to mourn his passing:

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  • There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I’ll likely never find them all. Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny. A dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world. His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so. He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends. He was an incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man. I’m devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe. I was so looking forward to our planned download of “all the things” when he got home. I am crushed that I will never hear that story. I am crushed knowing that there are over 1,000 people in Nepal suffering this exact feeling, knowing that they too will never hear another tale about an adventure lived from someone that they love. Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too much to understand. Please remember that each person who is now gone was someone’s Dan. Please remember that our time on this Earth is not guaranteed. Please tell those you love that you do. Right now. This very minute. And please send a kiss to the sky for my friend Dan. His energy is so big and so bright, and it’s all around us, so put some love toward him today. And then hug your loved ones again. #goodbyesweetfriend #savetheice #Nepal #AdventureswithDAN

  • Everyone at What’s Trending sends their hearts out to those in Nepal, and hope all that are missing are found. The New York Times has compiled a list of various organizations focused on relief efforts for those affected by this earthquake. Click here to learn more.

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