Why Was South Asia Hit Hard by Major QuakePublication: National Geographic News Date: October 13, 2005 View Article
The magnitude 7.6 earthquake that shook a broad swath of South Asia on October 8 resulted from the same forces that give rise to the world’s tallest mountains, the Himalaya, experts say.
The Earth’s crust is broken up into a jigsaw puzzle of plates constantly on the move. Some collide, others drift apart. They all jostle along in fits and starts like uncomfortable strangers in a packed crowd.