Staff Writers – June 15, 2016
The Gorkha earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. It’s a part of the world that is prone to earthquakes, as the Indian plate makes its incremental, sticky descent beneath the Eurasian plate. The magnitude 7.8 jolt, which was very shallow (only 15 km underground), caused a tremendous amount of damage in Kathmandu. But it didn’t rupture the Earth’s surface, signifying that only part of the fault had slipped, below-ground.