We are all good. Even for folk from Canterbury, an earthquake is a little unnerving. We, Tessa, Pricey, Ju and I, were travelling to Pokhara by jeep and were about 30km out of Kathmandu, and had stopped for a drink when the earthquake hit. The ground shook and rolled. At first we thought "big truck" or "train", but then it clicked, and ran away from some very rattlely buildings. We watched as what looked like buildings collapsed, and landslides fell down from the hills around us. There were quite a few tourists and many locals about, and many were very frightened.
We had no idea at that time where the epicenter was.....but it turned out we were very close. Phone connections were almost immediately overloaded, and some very frightened people were becoming upset about not being able to connect with friends and family.
Eventually, we were able to continue to Pokhara through heavy traffic congestion. We passed many rock falls, including some that had hit moving vehicles, and saw many building with huge
cracks, and collapsed walls. Mainly these were the buildings built of stones and rocks, and unreinforced bricks.
Everywhere, locals were congregated on roadsides and open spaces, looking very shaken. We arrived in Pokhara just before dark.
With all our collective skills there is not much we can do here in Pokhara. Pokhara seems to be hardly touched although there have been lots of after shocks over night. Pricey and Ju have been very tempted to go back to Kathmandu to help.....but we all feel that without their tools and normal backup, and lack of Nepali language their skills would be difficult to use productively.
So we are waiting to see if our guide gets here from Kathmandu....and then we will probably go trekking as planned. Nepal will need us to spend dollars.
We have been inundated with messages of concern. Thanks to you all. Please pass on that we are all good, as are Belinda, Nick and the boys, back in Kathmandu.