Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nepal earthquake

The deaths are overwhelmingly in Nepal, but the earthquake also claimed several lives in the  bordering countries of India and presumably in China too.

From NationalGeographic
Did Nepal Earthquake Change Mount Everest’s Height? 
Scientists race against the clock to retrieve data that will also help them understand the devastating quake.

The massive earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday likely caused permanent changes in the Earth’s surface and may have made Everest a little taller—or shorter, scientists say.

A team of geologists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working on the problem now, but they need to retrieve data from a GPS station near Everest within the next 11 days, warns Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist who studies earthquakes with the USGS in Pasadena, California.

After that, new data will start recording over information about the quake, erasing the most detailed information on how much the station swayed back and forth and up and down. As a result, the geologists are scrambling to raise the funds to book helicopter time or to piggyback the mission on scheduled humanitarian efforts.............

From BostonGlobe

pics of Nepal quake

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