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Nepal: a timeline of tragedy

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28 Apr
2015
A timeline of Nepal’s history with earthquakes

1255
First recorded earthquake
in Nepalese history.

1833
Around 500 fatalities are recorded after an earthquake destroys more than 4,600 dwellings. Two large foreshocks force people outdoors and prevent widespread casualties.

1934
Nepal-Bihar earthquake kills over 10,000 people.

1950
The Assam-Tibet earthquakes causes seiches [waves in standing water] as far away as England.

1988
An earthquake hits the Nepal-India border. At 6.8 magnitude, the earthquake caused 722 deaths in Nepal and more than 78,000 dwelling places were destroyed beyond repair in Nepal and India.

2001
Studies indicate that a large earthquake is overdue in the Himalayas.

2001–2003
Small earthquakes kill around 45 people in Nepal.

2011
Sikkim earthquake kills 100 in India, and 11 in Nepal.

2015
Earthquake kills thousands in Nepal, and destroys centuries-old buildings.

For more insight on this, Geographical presents a briefing as to what factors make Nepal, and the city of Kathmandu, so susceptible to these sorts of disaster.

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