Kathmandu region at risk of larger earthquake, warn scientists

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An earthquake much more powerful and damaging than last year’s 7.8 magnitude quake could rock Kathmandu and the Himalayan Frontal Fault, scientists have warned. Scientists conducted field research and analysis in the year following the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, which killed 9,000 people and destroyed 600,000 structures throughout the region. Steve Wesnousky from the University of Nevada in the US has been studying the Himalayan Frontal Fault for 20 years. “We conducted a number of paleoearthquake studies in the vicinity of Kathmandu in the past year, digging trenches. and studying soils and faultlines looking back over the past 2,000 years,” said Wesnousky. “Coupled with the historical record, it is apparent the faults are capable of earthquakes far greater than the Gorkha earthquake,” he said.

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