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Scripps Health Team Safe In Nepal After Second Quake

Four nurses and a team leader from Scripps Health in San Diego were said to be safe following a second major earthquake in Nepal on Tuesday.

The Scripps employees have been in Nepal for more than a week, treating hundreds of victims of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck April 25.

Most of their time has been spent in remote mountain villages, northwest of the capital of Kathmandu, that were devastated by the first quake, which killed more than 7,000 people and injured thousands more.


The quake Tuesday was measured at magnitude-7.3, and reportedly killed around 70 people.

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Nurse Patty Skoglund said she and nurse Steve Miller were resting in a hotel in Dhading after a recent deployment when the earthquake, which she described as a "rolling shake that lasted for about 15 to 20 seconds," struck.

"Children were screaming looking for parents," Skoglund said. "It just broke our hearts to see such fear in everyone's faces. Everyone has remained out of buildings and moved into tents. The police are not allowing cars on the roads and the city has emptied out about 75 percent."

In her report to Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder, she said the city is without power.


Three other members of the Scripps Health contingent — Tim Collins, Jan Zachry, Debra McQuillen — reported that they were awaiting for a helicopter that would fly them out of the village of Kharibot when the earthquake struck.

According to Scripps, the Collins, Zachry, McQuillen team has treated more than 600 patients so far. Skoglund and Miller have treated around 450 patients.