A massive, magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the far eastern region of Nepal yesterday, along its border with the Indian state of Sikkim.
Reports from this remote region are scarce, and the death toll stands currently at "only" 69, but that number will most likely grow as more information percolates in from villages and outlying areas. Even Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and 270 kilometers from the quake's epicenter, was hit hard, with many buildings collapsing, including a brick wall at the British Embassy that fell and killed a man and his daughter on a motorcycle.
Reading this of course makes my heart go out to all my friends halfway around the world, living in Nepal, Sikkim, India, and Tibet.
And, it makes me worry about what is to come, and think back to the frightening article by geologist and Himalayan earthquake expert Roger Bilham. It appeared in Himal Magazine back in 1994, when I was living and studying in Nepal, and has never been far from my mind. Read The Next Great Earthquake here.
Nepal, I'm thinking of you, and keeping my fingers crossed.