Princeville resident Anna Myers was unharmed Tuesday when the magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Nepal, a country still reeling from last month’s massive tremor that killed more than 8,000 people and injured 18,000 more.
“It was chaos in the streets,” she said in an email. “Everyone is so on edge now. There was pushing and shoving as everyone ran to open areas. I was able to stay safe and found my way to an American facility where I hung out for several hours until most of the tremors stopped.
“The streets calmed down and I walked back to my hotel. All the shops were closed and I was very worried about major damage again. Long story short, I am OK, just jittery.
The 71-year-old semi-retired yoga teacher was featured on the front page of The Garden Island Monday. It told of Myers’ disrupted sightseeing expedition in Kathmandu, where she arrived the day before a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated a large sweep of the country on April 25.
Rather than flee the country in the wake of such massive devastation, Myers chose to stay and help the Nepalese in need. And so she joined the ranks of those providing survivors with on-the-ground relief, delivering food, blankets, tarps and Styrofoam sleeping pads to three small villages.
She had just returned to Kathmandu Tuesday after a brief trip outside the capital city when the second major tremor hit.
“During the night, last night, we had several more aftershocks, which, needless to say, makes for a very wakeful night. Things were just getting back to relative normal here,” she said.
“The theme everywhere is ‘will it ever end?’”