Ancient Collision Made Nepal Earthquake Inevitable

By Emily Himes

India, on a sliding plate of the Earth, crashed into Asia 25 million years ago. The two are still pushing into each other around 1.5-2 inches a year, which has created the Himalayan mountains. The high death toll in Nepal over the weekend could not be avoided due to the location of Nepal, combined with the flimsy and week buildings.

There have been large earthquakes in the area before, such as the 1934 one that killed 10,000. The earthquake over the weekend took place northwest of the Nepal capital Katmandu, with a 7.8 magnitude. According to Dr. Bilham, a professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, said that the earthquake “translated the whole city southward by 10 feet.”

Source: New York Times

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