Welcome to the M7.8 Nepal Earthquake Clearinghouse
On April 25, 2015, an M7.8 earthquake struck Nepal 48 miles northwest of Kathmandu, killing over 4,500 people across Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. (Details from the USGS Event page.) Avalanches and powerful aftershocks have followed. The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims as relief work and recovery continues.
As part of EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program, a 13-member international team of experts visited urban and rural sites in Nepal following the M7.8 earthquake on April 25, 2015. Working in partnership with Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), and coordinating with nearly 30 other reconnaissance efforts, EERI’s multidisciplinary team examined topic areas that included seismology and ground motion; building performance; healthcare facility performance; societal, psychological, and cultural factors; geotechnical engineering and geosciences; emergency response; performance of cultural heritage structures; building codes; lifelines; and community resilience. The team’s briefing videos represent the first published findings from the EERI team.