The Nepal Earthquake, in Five Maps

By Matt Artz

On April 25th, 2015, a massive earthquake struck Nepal, with devastating consequences. It is the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.

These five interactive maps share details of this disaster such as the location of the earthquake and aftershocks, affected population, relief operations, social media coverage, damage photos from the field, and much more.

Earthquake and Social Media Map

This interactive earthquake map shows the earthquake and aftershock locations, shaking intensity, and population as well as social media updates.

Nepal Earthquake Swipe Map

This interactive map lets you compare pre- and post-event imagery to explore damage caused by the Nepal Earthquake.

Nepal Earthquake Story Map

This story map shows the Nepal Earthquake epicenter, population, Mt. Everest avalanche, and relief operations.

Nepal Impact Summary Map

This interactive map was created by intersecting population data with the earthquake shake polygons from the USGS.

Nepal Earthquake Photo Tour

This story map lets you browse geo-tagged photos of Nepal Earthquake damage, provided by UNITAR response efforts.


When disaster strikes, Esri’s Disaster Response Program (DRP) is there to support you around the clock, 24 x 7. Esri is actively supporting organizations that are responding to earthquake disasters with GIS software, data, imagery, project services, and technical support. If you’re responding to this disaster, you can request assistance from Esri here.

In addition, Esri has compiled a list of Earthquake Support Resources that can be found here.