A massive earthquake has hit Nepal and parts of North India. The deaths in Nepal are about 1500, and those in India about 45, 30 in Bihar, 12 in U.P. and 3 in West Bengal.
When an earthquake hit Bihar in 1934 this is what our great 'Father of the Nation' said about it :
"On 15 JANUARY 1934 an earthquake shook Bihar and caused extensive damage. Mahatma Gandhi declared that this earthquake was God's punishment for the sin of untouchability. Gandhi had no objection to the orthodox Hindus' suggestion that perhaps God was displeased with his teaching on untouchability: everyone had a right to interpret God's purpose as he pleased. For himself, he was absolutely certain that the devastation in Bihar was caused by men's sinful refusal to permit the untouchables into the temples. (Robert Payne, The Life and Death of Mahatma Gandhi, E.P. Dulton & Co., New York, 1969,p.456) "
So according to this.'Mahatma' ( whom I regard as a fraud and a fake ) earthquakes are not due to some geographical causes (seismic effects ), which can be scientifically studied, and precautions taken, but due to divine wrath.