A bigger earthquake yet to hit Nepal, say experts


The devastating earthquake that originated in Nepal on Saturday may have been the strongest to hit the central Himalayan region in the last 80 years, but scientists say this was not the big one that they had been fearing would strike the area.

At 7.9 on the Richter scale, releasing energy “equivalent to about 100mn tonnes of TNT”, Saturday’s earthquake was second only to the 8.3-magnitude earthquake that had struck the Bihar-Nepal region on January 15, 1934. The eastern end of the Himalayan region, on the Arunachal Pradesh-China border, had been hit by a 8.5-magnitude earthquake on August 15, 1950.

After that, the region has seen much smaller earthquakes, the biggest being the one in Chamoli, Uttarakhand in 1999 that had caused widespread damage. In 2011, the Sikkim-Nepal border also was hit by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake.

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  • a good article…. we can surely predict anything like this happening on the himalayan belt… because Bharat meet Asian plate…. in my small knowledge about 50 million years ago between the lands where a sea. there should be a rapid movement of plates crushing the main asian plate folding the land mass 5 miles upwards now we call it as everest….and himalayan range…the plate is pushing again and again towards the other plate causing bigger earthquakes. beneath it is sure the earth is pulling itself to crust through mantle for recycling… … this prediction is good but it panics … what about the animals and other lifeforms in Nepal area any survey or any help given to them.