Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights was packed Sunday evening with those commemorating the estimated more than 3,400 lives lost in the Nepal earthquakes that took place over the weekend.
The biggest, a quake of a magnitude of approximately 7.9, which took place around 1 a.m. Saturday New York time, generated aftershocks that rocked the nation’s capital, Kathmandu.
According to a report by the Washington Post, a piece of earth that measured approximately 75 by 37 miles rocked 10 feet in 30 seconds. Photos from the scene revealed bodies trapped beneath piles of rubble.
In Queens, which has a large population of Nepal nationals, community members started working to raise money as early as Saturday morning.