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By Armen Danielyan, AC Delovoy Profil JSC.
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By Martin Straub
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By Vijesh Zinzuwadia, Zinzuwadia & Co. CA
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By Nan Sato and Jacopo Genova, Shimin Law Offices
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By Nil Saru, assisted by Rojina Gyawali, NBSM & Associates
It took a while for the noise to build up. Nepal is the eleventh most earthquake prone country in the world. On Saturday, 25 April 2015, at 11:56 local time, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake (as recorded by Nepal’s National Seismological Centre [NSC]), struck Barpak in the historic district of Gorkha, about 76 km northwest of Kathmandu. Nepal had not faced an earthquake of comparable magnitude for over 80 years.
By Raghu Marwah and Priyanka Ajmani, R.N. Marwah & Company
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By Ian H. Turvill, Freeborn & Peters LLP
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