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    Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of people prepared to spend the night in the open under a chilly and thundery sky after a powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,180 people, collapsing modern houses and centuries-old temples, and triggering a landslide on the slopes of Mount Everest. Officials said the death toll will rise as more reports from far-flung areas come in.

    The magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which originated outside the capital Kathmandu, was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years. It was so powerful that it was felt all across the northern part of neighboring India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan where a total of 50 people died. The death toll in Nepal was 1,130, but it is almost certain to rise, said deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam.

    More than two dozen aftershocks jolted the area after the first quake, which struck just before noon. At the time, Shrish Vaidya, who runs an advertising agency, was in his two-story house outside the capital Kathmandu with his arents.

    "It is hard to describe. The house was shaking like crazy. We ran out and it seemed like the road was heaving up and down," Vaidya, 46, told The Associated Press. "I don't remember anything like this before. Even my parents can't remember anything this bad."
    Holy Crap!! Some people are predicting that the death toll could reach over a thousand.
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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    I'll never understand why people choose to live in places where earthquakes and generally ****ed up catastrophes happen. Then, I remember that I'm from California, and I stop asking myself that question.
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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    It's over 1,500 dead last I checked.
    Terrible.

    A Science Magazine article predicted this two months ago:

    New jitters over megaquakes in Himalayas

    Seismologists worried about the prospect of a massive earthquake in the shadow of the Himalayas, where it could devastate cities such as Kathmandu and Delhi, have long cast a wary glance at an eerily calm region called the central seismic gap. A massive earthquake in southwestern Tibet in 1505 C.E., researchers proposed a decade ago, relieved enough strain to quiet that stretch of the restive Himalayas. But new findings now suggest that the 1505 temblor was smaller than thought and was just one of a cluster of potent quakes to rattle the region within a few centuries. If so, the recurrence of major quakes in the Himalayas, unlike in many other seismic hot spots, follows no discernible pattern of strain relief—meaning that authorities must gird for a megaearthquake anywhere at any time.
    New jitters over megaquakes in Himalayas
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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    Too sad! I hope we help them out.
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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    Such a beautiful place. Very tragic. I hope the people get all the aid they need.

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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'll never understand why people choose to live in places where earthquakes and generally ****ed up catastrophes happen. Then, I remember that I'm from California, and I stop asking myself that question.
    And of course for people in poverty to pick up and move, even if they wanted to is not easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    And of course for people in poverty to pick up and move, even if they wanted to is not easy.
    Yeah, that still doesn't explain the immense number of rich people living in the same area. I get that California is great for agriculture (as long as there isn't a drought) but I really don't see a benefit to living in a place where your house gets destroyed every 100 years or so. Then again, I own homes in places where the most we'll get is a hurricane and some broken windows. I just don't really get the point of living in a place where such catastrophes are anywhere near regular.
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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Yeah, that still doesn't explain the immense number of rich people living in the same area. I get that California is great for agriculture (as long as there isn't a drought) but I really don't see a benefit to living in a place where your house gets destroyed every 100 years or so. Then again, I own homes in places where the most we'll get is a hurricane and some broken windows. I just don't really get the point of living in a place where such catastrophes are anywhere near regular.
    Most people don't live a hundred years so they may not experience it in their lifetime or even a few generations. If you have no memory of it it's easy to put in the back of your mind.

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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Yeah, that still doesn't explain the immense number of rich people living in the same area. I get that California is great for agriculture (as long as there isn't a drought) but I really don't see a benefit to living in a place where your house gets destroyed every 100 years or so. Then again, I own homes in places where the most we'll get is a hurricane and some broken windows. I just don't really get the point of living in a place where such catastrophes are anywhere near regular.
    because few people live 100 years i guess. Even then, 1,000 fatalities in a city of millions, the odds are in their favor

    What blows my mind is living in places like new orleans - twice hit by massive hurricanes in a decade, with climate change only accelerating.

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    Re: Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Most people don't live a hundred years so they may not experience it in their lifetime or even a few generations. If you have no memory of it it's easy to put in the back of your mind.
    Those fools living near Vesuvius in 79 AD, what were they thinking!

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