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Deadly Nepal earthquake was not the 'Big One,' scientists say

Deadly Nepal earthquake was not the 'Big One,' scientists say

Though a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal on April 25, ripping through the mountainous country and killing about 9,000 people, it may not have been the region’s "Big One," new research shows. A pair of studies examining the physics of the temblor help reveal how so many small buildings and homes managed to survive the earthquake, while also indicating that another, more damaging quake could be in the stricken country’s future.   The findings, described in the journals Science and Nature Geoscience, could help scientists and engineers better understand future seismic risk and the potential for structural damage in the mountainous region as well...

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