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Scientists anticipate bigger earthquake to hit Nepal in the coming years

28 Apr 2015

The recent Nepal earthquake followed a historical pattern. This was the most recent discovery made by EOS Professor Paul Tapponnier and his colleague, Laurent Bollinger from the CEA Research Agency in France.

They found that the devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake, which struck on Saturday between the capital of Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara in Nepal, had resulted from strain transferring along the fault. This transfer usually happens during large earthquakes.

Through carbon dating, Prof. Tapponnier and his colleagues discovered that this particular segment of the fault had not moved since the 1344 earthquake, which occurred in the same location.

Read more on his team’s findings here.