Above the Nepal earthquake captured as it happened. It is all the more poignant when you see how every day normal life was happening only to be snatched away in an instant..
The BBC reported on a previous time when the same fault ruptured –
- Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck to the north-west of Kathmandu
- The last time the fault ruptured at this location was in back in 1344
- It was preceded in 1255 by a big event to the east of Kathmandu
- The last rupture there was in 1934, hinting strain might accumulate westward
- 2015’s quake follows the pattern with a gap between events of 80 years or so
When Bollinger and his colleagues saw this historic pattern of events, they became greatly concerned.
“We could see that both Kathmandu and Pokhara would now be particularly exposed to earthquakes rupturing the main fault, where it likely last did in 1344, between the two cities,” explains Paul Tapponnier, from the Earth Observatory of Singapore, who was working with Bollinger.
The Telegraph have also covered the story here