Nepal lies on the boundary of two massive tectonic plates – the Indo-Australian and Eurasian Plates. It is the collision of these plates that created Himalayas and the earthquakes with them. The Indian tectonic plate is continuously pushing the Eurasian plate with about a rate of about 4-5 cm per year. This rate is considered to be quite high, considering the size of the plates of earth’s crust involved. On analogy, with the human body, this is twice the speed with which human fingernails grows.
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