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Tue, May 05
Psychology of inevitable earthquakes
Everyone knew the Big One was imminent. And no one was quite ready.
That’s the unshakeable impression you get from the archives of the English-language Nepali Times, which make for eerie reading in the wake of Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. In a matter of seconds, the temblor reduced iconic landmarks to rubble, inflicted billions of dollars in damage, nearly extinguished entire villages, drove hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, and left at least 5,000 dead in Nepal.