Nepal earthquake: Second quake in less then 20 days

Published: Wednesday 13 May 2015

The Nepal earthquake has actually raised several important questions
Author: Kundan Pandey and Anupam Chakravartty
What makes the Himalayan region a hotbed of seismic activities? The answer lies in the processes which led to the formation of the mountain range. The youngest range in the world, the Himalayas were formed due to the collision of the Indian plate with the Eurasian plate 40-50 million years ago. The Indian plate has been sliding under the Eurasian plate ever since. And this process is not over. The contact surface between the two plates is where pressure builds up and causes major earthquakes.
This is a fresh earthquake and not an aftershock, says expert
Author: DTE Staff
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck 18 km southeast of Kodari in Nepal around 12.35 pm today. It comes only two weeks after a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake claimed more than 8,000 lives and caused large-scale damage in the Himalayan nation. At least 66 people have been killed and more than 1,100 have been injured in Nepal. Many buildings have collapsed in a town called Chautara in Tuesday's quake, an official with the International Organization for Migration was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. Authorities say Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu and Lalitpur were most affected.
Mahesh Tandon - President, Indian Association of Structural Engineers

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