Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Strong M7.3 Aftershock Hits Nepal


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A little over 2 weeks after the devastating M7.9 earthquake which struck just west of Nepal’s Capital Kathmandu, a pair of strong after shocks (M7.3 & M6.3) have hit roughly 50 miles east of the city.  Damage and injury reports are just coming in, but the USGS estimates the severity potential as Orange in their immediate pager alert.

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Aftershocks can go on for weeks or month after a major quake, although the risks for the largest ones (typically 1 level of magnitude lower than the original quake) usually diminish after a couple of weeks.  

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