Why the 7.8 magnitude Nepal quake was less devastating

Despite the April 25, 2015 Nepal earthquake being 7.8 magnitude, shallow focus, most of the vulnerable, regular, four-storey buildings escaped damage while many taller structures were severely affected. The death toll was only around 9,000. In contrast, the stronger quake of 1934 (8.1 to 8.4 magnitude) caused terrible damage to regular dwellings. According to the … Continue reading Why the 7.8 magnitude Nepal quake was less devastating

Why the May 12 Nepal quake is called an aftershock

The May 12, 2015 earthquake of 7.3 magnitude that struck 68 km west of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest is an aftershock of the April 25 Nepal quake of 7.9 magnitude that has till date killed over 8,000 people and injured many thousands and renderedseveral thousands more homeless. The magnitude of aftershocks will always … Continue reading Why the May 12 Nepal quake is called an aftershock

Himalayas: next major quake may be west of the recent one

“In future, if any earthquake were to happen along the Himalayas, it may happen further west of the focus of the main April 25 quake,” said Dr. R.K. Chadha, Chief Scientist at the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute. That is because the 7.8 magnitude April 25 quake was caused by a unidirectional fracture. From the … Continue reading Himalayas: next major quake may be west of the recent one