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Monday, May 4, 2015

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University of Kansas seismologists watching Nepal earthquake closely - KSHB ​

As the video from the Nepal earthquake came in over the weekend, Don Steeples watched a little more closely than most. As a seismologist, he's devoted his life to studying earthquakes and teaching students about them at the University of Kansas.

He said Nepal is a hot zone for quakes, and he believes they're far from out of the woods. Many more aftershocks are likely to come.

"You'll expect to have somewhere around ten magnitude 6's and somewhere around 100 magnitude 5's," said Steeples.

Here at home, he said these types of earthquakes will likely never strike. On average, Kansas sees only one 6.0 earthquake every 2,000 years, a day we likely won't live to see.

"We know the earthquakes will occur and we'll know roughly how big they will be, we just don't know when," said Steeples.

The New Madrid Fault in southeast Missouri could produce a quake similar in size to the one that hit Nepal, but the major damage would likely be confined to the eastern side of the state, Steeples said.

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