Devastated Nepal Learns the Hard Way
They knew. Nepalese were aware they were overdue for a major earthquake, one for which they were woefully unprepared. When it struck a week ago, it was so powerful that it changed the altitude of both Mount Everest and Kathmandu and is feared to have caused 10,000 deaths. With the last “big one” in 1934, haphazardly developed areas anticipated another in 70 to 80 years — a deadline that expired last year. As aid trickles in, new construction will likely be sturdier, but will the lesson endure?