The dust had settled in Kathmandu by Tuesday, three full days after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and other regions on April 25. The aftershocks grew less frequent and less severe as the city’s inhabitants grew more accustomed to their sporadic presence. Still, waves of devastation had already rippled into every nook of the metropolis.
The Netherlands will coordinate the entire international search and rescue operation underway in Nepal, as the search for missing victims of the devastating earthquake continues. The decision was made at the request of the United Nations, Economics Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said in parliament today.
The 11 cooperative aid organizations behind Giro555 have launched a fundraising campaign to help the people affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal. The fundraiser is titled Netherlands helps Nepal.
The Dutch team did not find any survivors of the massive earthquake in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Monday, the Urban Search and Rescue team announced in a press release on Tuesday morning.
Alarm central SOS International has had contact with 190 Dutch people stuck in Nepal after the earthquake.
The Dutch rescue team has arrived in Kathmandu. The team of rescue specialists will help Nepal in the search and rescue mission after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.
Dutch rescue specialists will leave Eindhoven Air Base Sunday night on a military jet packed with supplies destined for Nepal, where an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale ravaged the region on Saturday.
The Labour Party (PvdA) is making headway with its plan to reverse the burden of proof of earthquake damages caused by gas extraction in Groningen, reports De Telegraaf. MP Jan Vos submitted a proposal to this effect to Cabinet, he said on Wednesday. The Cabinet will have the chance to vote on the proposal Tuesday, says the newspaper.
Gas extraction in Loppersum, Groningen is temporarily stopped under strict conditions to protect the safety of area residents, the Council of State in the Netherlands decided on Tuesday. A final decision will be released later this year, the council stated.
Chris Garrit, the Night Mayor of Groningen, has written a letter to the Commissioner of the King suggesting a new flag for Groningen that will unify the province residents after the recent misfortune with gas extraction and earthquakes.
The spokesman for lower house of parliament leader Anouchka van Miltenburg issued an apology for Van Miltenburg’s claim that Tuesday night’s natural gas debate was “much ado about nothing.” The VVD politician made the remark after a debate on the Dutch safety board’s recommendation for overhauling natural gas extraction in Groningen, believed to be the cause of hundreds of earthquakes in the northern province.
The NAM will be using drones to assess the damage caused by earthquakes in Groningen, BNR reports.
Gas extraction in Groningen failed to adequately consider the safety of the province’s residents up until 2013, a report released on Wednesday by the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) says.
Groningen has once again fallen victim to earthquakes. This time two earthquakes in two days.
The Provincial Faction of the VVD in Groningen wants the natural gas extraction quota in the province to be dropped to 17.5 million cubic meters in the first half of the year.
The threat of a massive earthquake in Groningen is bumping up the price of construction in the province, Jos Aartsen, the chairman of the University Medical Center there has said.
Labour party PvdA has agreed to the proposal of Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, to reduce gas extraction in Groningen by seven percent. The party however wants new scenarios for the future that take the possible further gas reductions in to account.
Overnight, another earthquake hit the province of Groningen with a magnitude of 2.0 on Richter scale, reports the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI. The quake is believed to be caused by gas extraction in the Hoogezand-Sappemeer municipality.
Groningen experienced yet another earthquake at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. The area of Loppersum, Groningen felt a 2.7 magnitude quake on Richter scale, according to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).
The municipality of Delfzijl is threatening to go to the Council of State to appeal against Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs) gas extraction decision.
The Nederlandsche Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) has received 235 damage claims after the earthquake in Groningen early Tuesday morning. According to NAM, it involves relatively minor damage, such as cracks in walls and damage to plaster.
The Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM, Dutch Petroleum Company) has received 75 damage claims after the earthquake in Groningen early this morning. These include reports of cracks in walls and damage to plaster.
There was another earthquake in Groningen early this morning. According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the earthquake measured 2.8 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was in Woudbloem in the municipality Slochteren.
The Groningen provincial government has stated that it intends to press a case with the Council of State against the Dutch government if drastic measures are not implemented to reduce gas extraction in the province, the NRC reported Tuesday. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, is expected to propose a five percent decrease in gas extraction during a stop in Groningen on Wednesday, which would cost the Netherlands about €500 million in annual revenue.