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Nepal quake was a "nightmare waiting to happen"

Nepal quake was a "nightmare waiting to happen"
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By Seamus Kearney with THE INDEPENDENT
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World scientists were in Kathmandu a week ago to study the risks if an earthquake struck

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Images emerging from Kathmandu show the scale of the earthquake disaster.

The quake has destroyed many residential buildings and landmarks, including ancient temples.

This is one of the world’s most densely populated urban centres, and many residential buildings were not earthquake resistant.

It is reported that only a week ago some 50 world scientists gathered in Kathmandu to study the risks if an earthquake struck.

One of the scientists told Britain’s Independent newspaper that the city was a nightmare waiting to happen.

Experts say there was concern about bad construction and a lack of preparation in the event of a big quake.

Earthquake in Nepal and main aftershocks

Full screen(Source: USGS)

Nepal disaster was a 'nightmare waiting to happen' says lead scientist http://t.co/s16byc43p7pic.twitter.com/AhGrD4dqTm

— The Independent (@Independent) April 26, 2015

The #NepalQuake was a disaster experts knew was coming & how poverty, bad construction, population were big factors; http://t.co/ln8ScHZV1R

— seth borenstein (@borenbears) April 25, 2015

Why majority buildings in India weathered the impact of #NepalQuakehttp://t.co/OwnTdSzIns

— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) April 26, 2015

#NepalQuake rocks Everest and ravages Nepal http://t.co/oUQNrJS0YB (EPA) pic.twitter.com/QSdC44XKcR

— The Sunday Times (@thesundaytimes) April 26, 2015

Swift urbanization + shoddy construction + tectonic inevitability = #NepalQuake losses: http://t.co/5nqd8Gvj3Lpic.twitter.com/bblOnaD2bG

— Andy Revkin (@Revkin) April 25, 2015

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