Tectonic Activity Makes Nepal Earthquake Prone

By on May 1, 2015

Damage done during the Nepal earthquake of 2015. (Credit: Krish Dulal/CC BY 4.0)

Scientists with the Open University say that Nepal’s location makes it more susceptible to earthquakes, according to the BBC. Geoscientists say that moving thrust faults caused the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 25.

They point to the Himalayas, which are a result of the Indian tectonic plate sliding under the Eurasian tectonic plate. As the mountain range continues to grow taller as a result of that tectonic activity, scientists say tremors will occur.

More than 5,000 people have been reported dead, and thousands of survivors are seeking food, shelter, and water since the quake. At least 14 aftershocks were recorded, ranging from 4 to 6.6 in magnitude. Nepal’s latest concern is landslides, which could cause additional damage and slow rescue efforts.

Top image: Damage done during the Nepal earthquake of 2015. (Credit: Krish Dulal/CC BY 4.0)

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