The Nepal earthquake was a terrible tragedy for everyone. An earthquake is a powerful shaking of the ground, mostly causing terror to things or people. They are usually caused when rocks underground are pushed together.
Homes, schools, and businesses have been destroyed because of the earthquake. Bodies were found buried under the buildings that have collapsed. The good news is that people were found alive buried under all of the buildings that have fallen. One of the aftershocks included a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. The Nepalese government said that over 7,000 people have died and over 10,000 people have been injured.
The catastrophic earthquake in Nepal occurred because of two converging tectonic plate: the Indian plate and the overriding Eurasia plate to the north. Catastrophic means to cause great damage or suffering to someone or something. Tectonic plates are large, thin plates that move relative to one another on the outer surface of the Earth.
Plates are always moving, but they get stuck at their edges due to friction. When the stress on the edge overcomes the friction, there is an earthquake that lets out energy in waves that move through the Earth's crust and causes the ground to shake, and that shaking can cause destruction. Friction is the action of one surface or object rubbing against another
Weeks after the earthquake in Nepal, people are still searching for bodies that have been buried under the buildings that have fallen. People are coming together as a community and are cleaning up all of the damage from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is been the most powerful earthquake across the region that has happened within the last 80 years.
A lot of people that moved from Nepal to America went back and helped clean up everything. People from around the world are helping clean up as well. Earthquakes are not a fun thing to be around when they happen. No one knows when earthquakes will happen. There isn't anything anyone can do to stop them.
The picture above shows how earthquakes happen. If you want to help with the Nepal earthquake, you could donate money, food, water, or clothing towards the cause. .