May 15 at 1:42 a.m. UTC a 4.9 earthquake hit Bharatpur, Nepal. The seismicity in the Himalaya is the result of a continental encounter of the India and Eurasia plates. These plates are merging at a rate of 40-50 mm/yr. The Northward direction of the India plate pushing under the Eurasia plates in creating an insurmountable number of earthquakes. This will continue.
It was a light to moderate earthquake that should have created minimal damage. However, the plates beneath us are moving all the time. It is important to understand how to keep you and your family safe. First, secure large things in your home that could fall in an earthquake, such as book shelves. Also find a few designated places that you can be to stay safe during and earthquake. When an earthquake occurs, move only a few feet away, maximum, to a safe place, taking small steps. Go to a sturdy table, or a load bearing wall. Also, be sure to have determined a way to communicate with others during an earthquake. Have at least a three day supply of food, water and a first aid kit available as well. Be safe, be prepared.
By Jeanette Smith
Source: earthquake.usgs.gov: M5.2 – 18km NE Bharatpur, Nepal
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