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The recent earthquake in Bhutan was the ripple of the severe earthquake in Nepal. Experts long warned of a severe earthquake in the Himalayan region based on the movement of the tectonic plates.

Theoretically the Indian plate is moving under the Eurasian plate thus giving rise to the Himalayas. Scientist belief the plates to move by about 15 to 20 mm in a year. When the plates glide over each other smoothly earthquake are rare but when they rub against each other and the movement stops the pressure starts building along the fault line. When this pressure is released and the tectonic plates fall back to their normal position a huge amount of energy is release in the form of earthquake.

The Himalayan region is believed to be very active tectonically and it fall in severe earthquake zone. Scientist say that the himalayan region is built of three seismic gaps, Kashmir gap, Central Gap and Assam Gap.  The recent earthquake in Nepal (central Gap) was of 7.9 magnitude but some experts believe that the full tension wasn’t released and Nepal might be facing for another bigger earthquake.

Bhutan falls in the Assam Gap and Assam Gap might experience a big earthquake of around 8 magnitude anytime in the future. The last severe earthquake occurred in Bhutan some 1500 years.

May 1, 2015

Earthquake in Bhutan

The recent earthquake in Bhutan was the ripple of the severe earthquake in Nepal. Experts long warned of a severe earthquake in the Himalayan region based on the movement of […]
April 22, 2015

The Royal Manas National Park

The Royal Manas National Park in southern Bhutan bordering the Indian state of Assam is the oldest nature preserve in Bhutan. This preserve has more than hundred species of rare […]
April 3, 2015

Folk heritage museum

Folk Heritage museum will be organizing an event in coordination with RAPA and Tourism Council of Bhutan dedicating this event to the 60th birthday of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo as […]
April 2, 2015

Community tourism

Community tourism is very important in a small country like Bhutan. Community tourism can bring about development in far flung, remote areas in Bhutan. Today, seventy percent of the tourism […]