The devastating quake that hit Nepal in April this year killed about 9,000 people and left thousands injured and homeless. But scientists say the quake did not release all of the stress that had built up underground, and has pushed some of it westwards. They have warned that there is an increased risk of a future major earthquake in an area that straddles the west of Nepal and India, reports BBC.
“This is a place that needs attention, and if we had an earthquake today, it would be a disaster because of the density of population not just in western Nepal but also in northern India, in the Gangetic plain.”
“We don’t want to scare people, but it is important they are aware that they are living in a place where there is a lot of energy available. A lot of families are building their own houses in Nepal. With minimum care, it is possible to build small buildings that can withstand large earthquakes.”
“Lives would be saved by drilling school children in western Nepal and the nearby plains of northern India in how to react in the event of an earthquake, and in ensuring that at least school buildings are adequately constructed to survive seismic shaking.”
“When I heard about this M 7.8 earthquake happening so close to Kathmandu, I was prepared for a death toll in the order of 300,000 or 400,000 people. But this earthquake didn’t generate a lot of high- frequency waves, which would have been devastating for the small buildings in Kathmandu. They could withstand the earthquake because of the characteristics of the ‘pulse’ – and its relative smoothness.”