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Nepal earthquakes, avalanches and landslides

May 2015

On the 25 April 2015, Nepal experienced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, followed by an avalanche on Mount Everest, a second, 7.4 magnitude earthquake on the 12 May 2015 in eastern Nepal, and numerous landslides and aftershocks

On the 25 April 2015, Nepal experienced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake: its worst since 1934. This was followed by an avalanche on Mount Everest, a second, 7.4 magnitude earthquake on the 12 May 2015 in Dolakha, eastern Nepal, and numerous landslides and aftershocks. The worst hit region was the Gorkha district to the west of Kathmandu, but the earthquakes were felt over a wide area, with both India and China also reporting casualties. It is estimated that over eight million people have been affected by the earthquakes and their secondary effects.


AQA A Level
Unit 3: Plate tectonics and associated hazards (optional)
Unit 3: Development and globalisation (optional)

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Unit 4: Tectonic activity and hazards (optional)

OCR A Level
Unit 3: Earth hazards (optional)
Unit 3: Development and inequalities (optional)

WJEC A Level
Unit 1: Investigating tectonic and hydrological change (core)
Unit 3: Development (optional)
Unit 4: Environmental psychology (optional)

Unit 1: The restless earth (core)
Unit 2: The development gap (core)

Unit 2: Living with natural hazards (core)

Unit 1: Tectonic activity and hazards (optional)

Cambridge iGCSE
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Unit 2: Development dilemmas (core)

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  • What were the geological causes of the earthquake?
  • What primary effects were there?
  • What secondary effects were there?
  • How is Nepal’s level of development likely to have affected the impacts felt?
  • How did physical factors affect the impact of the earthquake?
  • How was the short term emergency relief effort managed?

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