DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Rick Nooft,a Kettering native has been living in Australia for the past few years.
He got home to his wife and daughter Wednesday after experiencing both earthquakes in Nepal.
Nooft, captured video of Tuesday quake in Nepal as it was happening.
“Everyone’s just screaming and they’re worried because they don’t know how long this is going to go on for,” said Nooft.
According to Nooft, the 7.3 magnitude quake lasted about thirty to forty seconds.
It wasn’t as strong as the initial quake a few weeks ago, but it again took its toll. Killing dozens and injuring more than a thousand.
Nooft, who is also a University of Dayton alum was in Nepal for both devastating earthquakes.
The night of the second quake, he flew back to Australia after a two hour delay.
“To be honest, I wasn’t trying to leave. I’ve got a wife and daughter of my own,” said Nooft. “They were obviously getting concerned after all these things kept happening. I was kind of well engrained in the relief effort.”
He initially went to Nepal to trek Mount Everest base camp with friends. Those plans quickly changed into filling dump trucks full of rice and getting tarps to those needing shelter.
Even though he’s no longer there, his mission to help the Nepalese people continues. Two weeks ago, he and his friends started an online fundraising page. In fifteen days more than $37,000 have been donated.
“We’ve got about $15,000 worth of tents arriving tomorrow.” said Nooft. “They’re the heartiest people on the planet. They will get back on their feet. They’re used to hard time. They’ve never had it easy in Nepal but they just need that little bit of a boost right now to get over the hump. The country will pull itself back together.”
Nooft said the American dollar goes a long way in Nepal. Five dollars can feed a family of four, well, for a week.
To donate to his GoFundMe page, click here.