Disaster experts knew an earthquake was bound to happen in Nepal, they just didn’t know when. Last week 50 earthquake experts gathered in Kathmandu for a seminar on how to better prepare for the next big earthquake.

James Jackson is the head of the Earth Sciences department at the Cambridge University, and he was at the meeting. “I was walking through that very area where that earthquake was and I thought at the very time that the area was heading for trouble,” said Jackson.

The reason scientists knew a quake was imminent is because Nepal is on a 75-year cycle for major earthquakes, with the last one hitting in 1934. “It was sort of a nightmare waiting to happen. Physically and geologically what happened is exactly what we thought would happen,” said Jackson.

The 7.8 magnitude quake also caused an avalanche that hit the Mt. Everest basecamp. Sadly, the devastating earthquake hit just a week after the meeting, too soon for anything recommendations to be implemented.

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