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Most Earthquake prone countries in the world

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#2. Nepal

If estimates are to be believed, a citizen in Nepal is more likely to be killed by an earthquake as compared to any civilian in the world. Nepal is a disaster prone country. Floods, landslides, epidemics and fires cause considerable loss of life and property in Nepal every year. It is one of the most seismically active regions in the world and one has to look at the Himalayas to understand that. The mountains are being built as a consequence of the Indian tectonic plate driving under Central Asia. These two great slabs of the Earth’s crust are converging at a relative rate of about 4-5cm (two inches) a year. The upward climb of Everest and its sister mountains is accompanied by numerous tremors. Moreover, the remnants of a prehistoric lake, a 300 meter-deep layer of black clay, lies underneath the Kathmandu Valley. This augments the damage caused by severe earthquakes. Therefore, the region is susceptible to soil liquefaction. During strong quakes the solid ground turns into something like quicksand, swallowing everything above the ground. The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing 21, making April 25, 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history.

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If estimates are to be believed, a citizen in Nepal is more likely to be killed by an earthquake as compared to any civilian in the world. Nepal is a disaster prone country. Floods, landslides, epidemics and fires cause considerable loss of life and property in Nepal every year. It is one of the most seismically active regions in the world and one has to look at the Himalayas to understand that. The mountains are being built as a consequence of the Indian tectonic plate driving under Central Asia. These two great slabs of the Earth’s crust are converging at a relative rate of about 4-5cm (two inches) a year. The upward climb of Everest and its sister mountains is accompanied by numerous tremors. Moreover, the remnants of a prehistoric lake, a 300 meter-deep layer of black clay, lies underneath the Kathmandu Valley. This augments the damage caused by severe earthquakes. Therefore, the region is susceptible to soil liquefaction. During strong quakes the solid ground turns into something like quicksand, swallowing everything above the ground. The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing 21, making April 25, 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history.

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