Still reeling from a massive earthquake in April, Nepal just got hit with a devastating magnitude 7.3 aftershock. The latest earthquake is large enough to trigger its own sequence of aftershocks as stress redistributes around the ruptured fault line.
Severe shaking from Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal lasted less than two minutes, but the true impact of this disaster is still getting worse. In some ways, it isn’t as bad as scientists expected. In others, it’s far worse.
There are a few important ways you can contribute to the Nepal earthquake relief effort from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
A major shallow earthquake hit near Kathmandu in Nepal just before noon on Saturday local time. Between high population densities, intense prolonged shaking, unstable slopes, and inadequate buildings, this has the makings of a very nasty disaster.
Ethnic bioweapons, i.e. weapons designed to kill a particular ethnic group, sound like pure evil. For most of history, they've been used solely for evil. In one case, though, removing a "weapon" ended up being a humanitarian disaster.
During the 1950s, oil magnate, adventurer, and cryptozoologist Tom Slick traveled through the Himalayas searching for evidence that a Yeti. Slick was obsessed with searching for cryptids, even going so far as to steal pieces of the Pangboche Hand, which legend held was a Yeti hand, from a Buddhist monastery in Nepal…
Let this be a warning to cobras everywhere: if you bite Mohammed Salmodin Miya in his rice paddy, you better hope it kills him, and quickly, because he will find you. He will bite you. And he will continue biting you until one of you is dead.
Kusunda is one of the most enigmatic languages on the planet. This tongue from western Nepal looks nothing like any other language, and its strange structure baffles linguists. And there's only one person left in Nepal who speaks it.
In 1974, Lap Kadoma — the wife of a Nepalese sherpa — had a close encounter with a Yeti. The legendary cryptid, Kadoma would later recount, had managed to sneak up on her from behind, before heaving her into a river. When Kadoma regained consciousness, she found the bodies of several dead yaks strewn nearby.
With all the light pollution that most of us encounter on a nightly basis, it can be easy to forget why we call our galaxy "The Milky Way."
On November 30, 1959, Ernest Fisk of the American embassy in Kathmandu delineated the Nepalese government's regulations on any mountaineer's interactions with the yeti. Explains Archives.org of this peculiar document: