Researchers from Utrecht University and Nagoya University in Japan have found that the damage caused by the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 was exacerbated by an abnormal amount of snow. They published their findings in the open access journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.
Four times more powerful
The Gorkha earthquake in April 2015 destroyed large parts of central Nepal and resulted in nearly 9,000 deaths. One of the affected areas was the Langtang Valley, where approximately 350 people lost their lives. A recent study conducted in Nepal by Utrecht University and Nagoya University shows that much of the damage was not actually caused by the earthquake itself but by avalanches, which led to this disaster due to excessive snowfall. The new study shows that the avalanche was four times more powerful than originally thought.