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Dire Prospects Seen When the Full Nepal Earthquake Death Toll is Tallied

 A map of the estimated intensity of shaking in settlements within 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the epicenter of the April 25, 2015, earthquake in Nepal.Credit Max Wyss


A map of the estimated intensity of shaking in settlements within 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the epicenter of the April 25, 2015, earthquake in Nepal.Credit Max Wyss

Yesterday, I received word of a chillingly high projection of the eventual death count in the Nepal earthquake, made by a longtime and respected analyst of seismic hazards, Max Wyss, who was on the faculties of the Universities of Colorado and Alaska and is now affiliated with the International Center for Earth Simulation in Geneva, Switzerland. Many seismologists and disaster response experts have stressed that initial counts are always low, particularly in a disaster zone like this one — spread over hundreds of square miles of vertiginous terrain…

 

In an Already Troubled Nepal, a Picture of Despair Emerges

Her home and village near the earthquake’s epicenter were destroyed, her grandfather was killed, and no one from outside the village — not a soldier, police officer or rescue worker — had arrived to help. Bhima Lama, a Nepali living in New Delhi, pieced together this picture of despair from patchy cellphone calls to villagers now lacking shelter, and making do with little food and a trickle of water. It is a story that will probably be told again and again in the coming weeks as rescuers fight their way over broken roads and past landslides to reach Nepal’s countless remote areas…

 

Ring of Fire: Asia-Pacific to Face Mega Disasters and Uncertain Future

Natural disasters pose a serious threat to the East Asia and Pacific region, which is affected by cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, and floods. The damages caused by Asia-Pacific disasters between the years 1980 and 2011 have amounted to $453 billion. The Asia-Pacific region is most affected by natural disasters due to its unique geological location – the Ring of Fire – and its huge concentrated population, Martin Lasater, a Senior Research Analyst at Energetics Incorporated and author of several books on Sino-American strategic relations, underscored…

 

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