SUE Chamberlain is often still left pondering how the earth didn’t shatter the day a 8.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal last month.
The local woman was trekking through Nepal with Wodonga resident and Nepal native Ang Rita Sherpa as the quake struck, and had to brace herself throughout the shock.
“The sensation is very difficult to describe,” she said.
“Initially there was a massive bang and then the air pressure changed, and it was playing with my head.
“I had to spread-eagle my poles out and ride it out.
“I still think how solid ground could wave like that and not break up.”
The quake only lasted for around two minutes, but for those who experienced it, it felt much longer.
You won’t see many photos of destruction on Ms Chamberlain’s camera. After seeing the terrible fatalities and injuries suffered by the people she had come to love, she soon put her lens away, and paid her respects as best she could.
Ms Chamberlain arrived back home in Australia safely in time for Mother’s Day, however the images of a scarred Nepal – a country and its people who she came to know and love over her years of visiting – weighs heavily on her mind.
She is now reminding all Australians not to forget or avoid Nepal as it faces a long road ahead to rebuild.
‘Nepal needs the tourists, it’s their number one form of income,” she said. “There are plenty of things to do, and the people are just beautiful. If they stop going, how on earth are they going to rebuild their infrastructure.”
To read more of Ms Chamberlain’s story, pick up this week’s edition of the Albury-Wodonga News Weekly.
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