Calvin prof and family safe in Nepal after earthquake

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A Calvin College chemistry professor and his family are safe after surviving the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal.

Herb Fynewever, his wife and three children, were in the capital city of Kathmandu when the quake hit. The family took shelter in a nearby school gymnasium, worried that their apartment was unsafe after the earthquake.

The disaster killed more than 4,000 people, and left thousands homeless.

Fynewever, a 1994 graduate of Calvin, has been in Nepal since January, and is teaching at Kathmandu University on a scholarship.

The earthquake was the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years, and could be felt throughout parts of surrounding countries.  It also triggered a large avalanche on Mount Everest, sweeping through portions of base camp there, and killing at least 19.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s