The magnitude 7.8 temblor on April 25 brought back haunting memories of the country's last epic earthquake, a magnitude 8 shaker in 1934 that devastated large parts of Katmandu and other cities.
It was just past lunchtime last Saturday when Dil Bahadur Ranabhat, 95, was jolted from his afternoon nap in the courtyard of his old-age home near the Pashupatinath temple in Katmandu.
"I fell off the chair and tried getting up but couldn't," says Ranabhat. "Everyone was screaming 'earthquake' and moving toward the courtyard as the tremors continued."
He was suddenly taken back 81 years to the big earthquake that shook the earth even more violently while he was tending cattle as a teenager in Syangja in western Nepal.
In Sindhupalchok, the worst-hit area of this year’s quake, Sabitra Maya Giri, 87, recalled the 1934 earthquake, which happened when she was 5. She remembered fearing that her infant brother, Tukendra, had died in the temblor. This time, Giri’s daughter came rushing to her side, worrying that she had perished.