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The earthquake caused Everest's worst ever disaster, despite the fact the mountain was 200km from the epicentre. The avalanche which hit the Everest base camp killed at least 17 people and more than 60 were injured.

 

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A part of the Indian state of Bihar slid between one and 10 feet northwards and underneath Nepal in a matter of seconds.The tremors continued for almost two minutes and were felt across northern India, killing 50 people.

 

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Kolkata lies directly on a fault line, known as the Eocene Hinge Zone. The fracture runs right through the middle of the city, at a depth of 4.5 kilometres, before passing through Bangladesh and Myanmar and, further on, to Sumatra.

 

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Kolkata would not be able to withstand an earthquake beyond 6.0. Most of the buildings would collapse, and an estimated 200,000 people would die. Only 7 earthquakes in history have killed more people than would die here.

 

"It’s just a matter of time”

Supriya Mondol, associate professor of plate tectonics, Jadavpur University

 

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Lucina was alone in her apartment when it began to shake. "I was terrified" she later told me.

 

But at the time I knew nothing of this. I was on a flight returning to Manchester after my second visit to Mridula's family in as many months.

 

As fragile as gossamer, my adoptive family...

 

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