Roger Bilham on Himalayan Earthquakes


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We hear about earthquakes in the Himalaya, especially when they claim lives and cause damage. And we understand that, broadly speaking, it is the continued northward movement of India ploughing into Tibet that causes these earthquakes. But where exactly do the earthquakes occur, how do they occur, and what determines how much damage they inflict?

Roger Bilham has conducted a detailed study of the historical record of earthquakes in the Himalaya over the past millennium. He tries to reconcile what we’ve observed with our current understanding of the physical mechanisms at play. This in turn helps us assess future hazard potential. He is Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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