By G P Ganapathy
The author is an Associate Professor, Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management, VIT University, Vellore. email@example.com
The Eurasian and Indian plates meet along the central part of Nepal. The subducting Indian plate thrusting into the Eurasian plate makes Nepal a high risk seismic zone. In such a scenario, measures to minimise quake-related damage is imperative.
The Himalayan Region is one of the most active tectonic belts of the world with an active continent-continent collision boundary. Seismicity in this region primarily results from the movement and thrust of the Indian and Eurasian plates and the resulting collisions therein. The 25 April, 2015 earthquake that clocked 7.8 on the Richter scale occurred due to a thrust interface between the subducting Indian plate and the preponderant Eurasia plate to the north (USGS, 2015). The northward thrust of the...