EERI Response to Nepal Earthquake

April 26, 2015 by  
Filed under EERI Updates, Response

On April 25, 2015, an M7.8 earthquake struck Nepal 48 miles northwest of Kathmandu, killing a reported 2,500 people across Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. Avalanches and powerful aftershocks have followed. The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims as rescue and relief work still continues.

EERI is currently monitoring the situation from media reports and notes from colleagues in Nepal and surrounding areas as part of its Learning from EarthquakesProgram

EERI has set up a virtual clearinghouse website for EERI members to find information and share knowledge about the earthquake impacts athttp://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2015-04-25-nepal/

We are in a preliminary data collection phase. We welcome help in gathering and sharing links on the clearinghouse website to media reports, information fromearthquake professionals with field reports, or relevant technical literature aboutNepal earthquake risk. Email the virtual clearinghouse at eqclearinghouse@eeri.org

The LFE Executive Committee is developing a three-phase reconnaissance recommendation plan:

  • Initial field reconnaissance with EERI members and colleagues from India and Nepal
  • Creation of an LFE multi-disciplinary team composed of regional experts and International participants sent to region in two to five weeks
  • Follow-up team sent in four months to a year for study using the evaluation framework developed by EERI Resilience Observatory for documenting and measuring resilience

Any questions regarding EERI’s response to this earthquake can be directed to:Heidi Tremayne, EERI Program Manager heidi@eeri.org or Ken Elwood, LFE Chair, University of Auckland k.elwood@auckland.ac.nz

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