Massachusetts residents with ties to Nepal are reacting after a devastating earthquake leveled buildings, killed upwards of 4,000 residents, and injured many more.
Mark Richey owns and operates a massive woodworking plant in Newporyport, Massachusetts. His other passion is mountains.
He climbed Everest back in 1991, and he is learning from afar of the earthquake-generated tremors, avalanche, and winds that overtook climbers on the mountain. Thousands more gathered in the base camp from which he once began his assent.
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Then there is Kathmandu- the ancient, enchanted capital swarming with life but frail and unprotected from the long-feared danger in the depths of the earth.
Melrose, Massachusetts, resident Dhan Shrestha is a native of Nepal. He is in touch with his brother and sister in Kathmandu, who are terrified, suffering, and still exposed to lingering tremors or rumors of more destruction to come.
Both Richey and Shrestha hope rescue efforts reach beyond Kathmandu to remote rural area where thousands live and are suffering.