Tectonic Clash Spurs Monster Nepal Earthquakes

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that leveled parts of Nepal was triggered by a crash of tectonic plates in the Earth's crust — mountain against mountain in an all-too-often occurrence that killed over 4,000 in the mountainside country. "The region that experienced the earthquake Saturday is one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth," University of Michigan geophysicist Marin Clark said in an email.

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