When an earthquake strikes, the initial impact isn’t always the most devastating. Often, it’s the aftershocks that leave a destructive, lasting impact. The 7.8-magnitute earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 affected nearly 8 million people, destroying thousands of homes and leaving an already remote country in critical need of support.
But hundreds of aftershocks — some with magnitudes greater than 6.0 — ensnared every aspect of Nepalese life for months. Roads became impossible to traverse, businesses crumbled, and nearly 9,000 schools were destroyed or damaged.