COD students speak out about devastating earthquake in Nepal

Rescue teams survey the damage of the Nepal earthquake (Photo Courtesy of Dreams Time)
Rescue teams survey the damage of the Nepal earthquake (Photo Courtesy of Dreams Time)

By Kenny Britton

Student Contributor

More than 3,000 people were killed and 6,500 injured after a massive 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25. Over 200 climbers have been rescued from Mount Everest, after being hit by deadly avalanches.

Officials have warned that aftershocks could rise as rescue teams search for injured persons. Tents filled the streets for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes due to the strong aftershocks.

Students at College of the Desert were asked what they thought of the Earthquake and how citizens living in California can prepare for “the big one” we are all waiting for.

“My thoughts and prayers are for the people of Nepal and anyone else who was affected by the earthquake,” said COD student Ben Karimi. “Maybe this will be a wake-up call for those unprepared here in the valley.”

The earthquake has put a large strain on the resources of Nepal, a poor country best known for Mount Everest.

COD student Zachary Rodriguez said, “I feel horrible and I know this could happen to us at any given moment. I plan on donating money somehow to help [Nepal] out.”

The International Committee for the Red Cross says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society, and has a team working on emergency response.

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