Comparing the effects of earthquakes
The effects of earthquakes and responses to them vary between areas of different levels of wealth. In this example, we will examine the differences between the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, a low-income country (LIC) and the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, a high-income country (HIC).
The magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal occurred on 25th April 2015. Its epicentre was 80km north-west of the capital city, Kathmandu. The 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy was 6.3 on the Richter Scale and occurred 7km north-west of the settlement.