Nepal: Electricity , widespread power losses after quake : Kathmandu, Hetauda, Bharatpur

May 2, 2015

The satellite detected widespread power losses after the earthquake. The cities of Kathmandu, Bharatpur, and Hetauda were hit particularly hard. In rural areas, each pixel in the map appears to correspond with a different town or village. The post-earthquake image below, from the VIIRS day-night band, offers a view similar to what an astronaut might see from space. Aside from the faint lights of Katmandu, Bharatpur, and Hetauda, much of the rest of the country is a sea of black.

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