300-year-old Buddhist text reveals entire Himalayan fault can produce massive earthquakes

A major earthquake struck Bhutan in 1714, meaning entire Himalayan arc has shaken at some point in last 500 years. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/videos/embed/14313 A 300-year-old text written by a Buddhist monk has helped scientists confirm that the entire length of the Himalayan fault – some 2,400km (1,500 miles) – can produce major earthquakes. Researchers found evidence that…

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Ancient temples in the Himalaya reveal signs of past earthquakes

Tilted pillars, cracked steps, and sliding stone canopies in a number of 7th-century A.D. temples in northwest India are among the telltale signs that seismologists are using to reconstruct the extent of some of the region’s larger historic earthquakes. In their report published online July 27 in Seismological Research Letters, Mayank Joshi and V.C. Thakur…

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Massive stone structures dotted across the subcontinent provide a fascinating glimpse into India’s prehistoric past

What is the most strikingly common feature of prehistoric cultures, from the icy fjords of Norway to the tropical plains of Tamil Nadu? All of them, seemingly independently, struck upon the idea of erecting massive stone structures during the same era in history. These monuments—yes, these are the earliest surviving man-made monuments we know of—are…

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Landslides And Flooding Kill At Least 40 In Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh

DEHRADUN/WEST KAMENG:  At least 40 people have  died in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh after torrential rain triggered landslides and floods in the Himalayan states. 29 people were killed and 15 are missing after cloudbursts and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Uttarakhand. Rescue teams today continued to look for 25 people who went missing following…

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