The Himalayas, Nepal
Nepal is a landlocked country with an area of 147,000 km2 and about 27 million inhabitants. The northern part of the country consists of the Himalayan mountains, of which the highest peaks are located at the border with China. Nepal is entirely located in the collision zone of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, with the Indian plate moving northward by about 5 cm per year.
Unfortunately, the large tension between these plates that has accumulated over the last decades resulted in a major earthquake on 25 April 2015; the largest in terms of damage and casualties since 1934.
This false-colour 300 m Proba-V image of 23 April 2015 shows from top to bottom the Tibetan plateau, the Himalayan mountains, and the subtropical lowland of southern Nepal and northern India. Further, in the lower-left part, the upstream Ganges River and some tributaries are visible.
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© ESA-BELSPO 2015, produced by VITO
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