Nepal Earthquake

April 2015

The Nepal Earthquake was a devastating event that brought triumph onto thousands of Nepalese citizens.  The original quake occurred on April 25 at 11:56 NST with many smaller aftershocks following.  The magnitude of this disaster was 7.8MMS or 8.1Ms, or maximum Mercalli Intensity of VII (Severe).  There was a total of more than 8,000 people killed and an additional 19,000+ injured.  This was the most severe earthquake Nepal had experienced since the Nepal-Bihar Earthquake in 1934.

Map showing the epicenter of the quake, the village of Barpak, Gorkha district. The hypocenter was at a depth of about 15 km, or 9.3 miles.

Economic Issues

Because of the intense poverty in the area, the deadliest factor in the Nepal Earthquake were not the shocks, but the falling buildings. In the area the quake occurred in, the people aren't privileged enough to have properly structured buildings.

Science Behind Earthquakes

Nepal sits on the meeting place of two major tectonic plates, more specifically, the ones that formed the Himalayas.  The convergence of the Indo-Australian and Asian plates are the cause of the many earthquakes in the Nepal area.  Although earthquakes are expected in the area, seismologists are still unable to predict how severe or when the earthquakes will occur.  


Erika Walt #mscarter8period5

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