The death toll now tops 4,000 in the massive earthquake which rocked Nepal on Saturday.
Madav Gurung is an Uber driver who lives in Gardena. His wife and family live in Kathmandu, and he says he was on the phone with his wife when the quake hit.
"After five minutes, the phone was dead. No connection. Nothing," he said. "I was so worried ... We didn't have a connection for another few hours."
Gurung says his family members are OK, and the fence to his home was destroyed.
"But most of all of the heritage of Nepal is gone. Our historical places are gone," Gurung said.
For those in the U.S. with close ties to Nepal, like Gurung, the news has prompted calls to mobilize relief. California is sending 57 urban search and rescue experts to help find people buried under the rubble.
Gurung is also a member of a group of Nepalese now living in southern California called the Los Angeles Gurung Society, and they too are organizing relief efforts. Visit the group's Facebook page for more information on how to help.