Skip to main content

Another major earthquake predicted in Nepal within years

nepal-earthquake-prediction
A major tremor could hit Nepal’s Gorkha district within years rather than the centuries that usually pass between quakes, researchers say predicting Nepal earthquake.

The research entitled “Himalayan megathrust geometry and relation to topography revealed by the Gorkha earthquake” published in journal Nature Geoscience on 11 January 2016 claims that magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gorkha in April 2015 generated about 1 m of uplift in the Kathmandu Basin, yet caused the high Himalaya farther north to subside by about 0.6 m.

Nepal underground faultline is still under tremendous strain underneath Kathmandu that warns of another major earthquake in the region.

"The unbroken upper part of the fault is continuously building up more pressure over time,” Lead author John Elliott of Oxford University claims. High-resolution satellite images revealed that "only a small amount of the earthquake reached the surface."

According to BBC, they examined images from Europe's Sentinel-1a radar satellite and other spacecraft to map the buckling of the ground.

"There is still half of the fault - that's going south of Kathmandu, from a depth of 11km up to the surface - that hasn't yet broken," Dr Elliott told BBC News.

"These earthquakes tend to happen on the century timescale, but this barrier could be pushed through on a shorter timescale. Of course, our problem is that we are not able to predict when; we can never give a date."

The earthquake claimed lives of at least 8,891 people as of December 31, 2015, Government of Nepal, Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction Portal mentioned. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. 

Source: J. R. Elliott, R. Jolivet, P. J. González, J.-P. Avouac, J. Hollingsworth, M. P. Searle & V. L. Stevens (2016). Himalayan megathrust geometry and relation to topography revealed by the Gorkha earthquake.  doi:10.1038/ngeo2623. Retrieved from: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2623.html

Popular posts from this blog

Have you ever witnessed an earthquake? What effect did it have on you?

Q: Have you ever witnessed an earthquake? What effect did it have on you? In general, the word earthquake is used to describe any seismic event either natural or caused by humans. Here we are talking about the natural cause. A natural disaster is a sudden natural event triggered by environmental factor which can cause loss of life or property damage. Earthquake is one of the common natural disasters worldwide that has claimed several lives causing huge economic losses. You might have also witnessed an earthquake in your time. This is an open discussion to share about any earthquake experienced in your life. Kindly use the comment section below to share your earthquake experiences.

Recent Natural Disasters List January 2, 2021

  Recent Natural Disasters 2021: This natural disaster list covers important natural disasters in the world with detail update report. Keep this page open or visit later to get update report. Check Worldwide Natural Disasters List + Detail Report Major Natural Disasters Today Flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia -At least 21 people have been killed in the recent flooding in Indonesian capital of Jakarta. -More than 60,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes. Recent Earthquakes M 4.5 light earthquake in Central California (@ 33 km depth) with epicenter located 6 km E of Hollister, United States. 14:42 UTC (local time: 06:42, 2021-01-02 @ epicenter) M 4.8 moderate earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia (@ 10 km depth) with epicenter located 118 km S of Luwuk, Indonesia. 13:59 UTC (local time: 21:59, 2021-01-02 @ epicenter) Magnitude 3.6 light earthquake in Dodecanese Islands, Greece (@ 12 km depth) with epicenter located 16 km NNW of Néon Karlovásion, Greece. 02:25 UTC (local time: 04:2

Global Natural Disasters Map 2020

Map of Major Natural Disasters 2020 Above is the major natural disasters occurred in 2020 so far. The natural disaster map shows the occurrences of recent natural disasters 2020 including earthquake, floods, tsunami, wildfire, tornado, hurricane etc. The information in the map (google map) is manually entered by  Recent Natural Disasters . It includes facts, statistics, photos, videos and links to detail report on particular natural disasters. Click on the icon above and a message will pop up with data about the particular natural disasters. Use the magnifying glass with the plus sign (+) to zoom in, and the minus sign (-) to zoom out. Do you want this natural disaster map? Just paste HTML below to embed in your website. You can adjust width and height according to your site layout. All global natural disasters of 2020 will be shown automatically once the code is added. <b>Map of Major Natural Disasters 2020</b><iframe  height="