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The Quiet Side of the Quake

Sometimes an earthquake won’t leave tracks. Aerial images and footage of Durbar Square in Kathmandu  – a hub of the city’s most elaborate architecture and historic buildings – have become the iconic representation of what was lost during the earthquake: Nepal didn’t only lose lives, but part of their culture was erased. True, the quake’s damage is undeniable. But for some, the earthquake wasn’t as hectic as it was for others. One volunteer I interviewed was in Thamel during the first quake – Kathmandu’s tourist sector, which is characterized by its crowded, narrow streets. It seems like the perfect formula for destruction, especially during an earthquake. She told me about what happened in the basement of the building she was in. “We didn’t see anything damaged. Nothing really happened here.” “The people were running – I don’t know why they started running. I told them to calm down.” She noted a role reversal: she imaged the locals would be used to the earthquakes, but instead the tourists played the role of the voice of calm. …