Ground motion data from KATNP now also available for the two large May 12 events.

The Center for Engineering Strong Motion Data (CESMD) also posted  data for the two large aftershocks on May 12th. Time stamps of the records may not be accurate. NepalAftershock1_12May2015 2015-05-12 07:05:19 UTC 27.837 086.077 7.3 NepalAftershock2_12May2015 2015-05-12 07:36:53 UTC 27.618 086.166 6.3 CESMD:...


Volunteering for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team: A Guest Post!

May 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Response

Roland Martin is a GIS specialist in Arup’s Los Angeles infrastructure group. He recently volunteered online with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (previously discussed in an earlier post) to assist in the mapping effort for Nepal. Below is a guest post by Roland on his experiences with OpenStreetMap...


Strong Ground Motion data from Nepal’s mainshock and two larger aftershocks

May 19, 2015 by  
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Posted by Ashly Cabas 19-May-2015 The Center for Engineering Strong Motion Data (CESMD) has made available strong motion records from the station NQ.KATNP (www.strongmotioncenter.org). The following links lead to strong ground motion data from Nepal’s mainshock and two larger aftershocks. (1) Magnitude...


Preliminary Geotechnical Damage Survey

May 19, 2015 by  
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Posted by Brett Maurer 19-May-2015 The following is a preliminary survey of geotechnical damage, to include observations  of: Liquefaction/lateral spreading Ground settlement Ground-failure induced building damage Landslides Retaining wall and pavement failures Damage to an earth dam Possible site-response...


Pre-Gorkha EQ Landslides in Nepal (2)

May 19, 2015 by  
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Posted by Diane Moug 18-May-2015 Natural and human-induced landsliding in the Garhwal Himalaya of northern India Patrick L. Barnard, Lewis A. Owen, Milap C. Sharma, Robert C. Finkel Geomorphology 40 (2001) 21-35 This paper looks at the effects of a M 6.6 earthquake that took place March 28th, 1999 in...


World Affairs Council: Rebuilding in Nepal

May 14, 2015 by  
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Candice S. Avanes & Lauren Biscombe On May 13, 2015, the World Affairs Council hosted a panel discussion that focused on Rebuilding in Nepal. The event took place in downtown San Francisco, CA. The panel consisted of the following three individuals:         Norbu Tenzing, Vice President...


Nepal Building Code: Related Documents

Several Indian codes and standards are incorporated in the undergraduate curriculum in Nepal and are also widely used for the construction of modern buildings. The following is a list of main Indian codes relevant to Nepal’s construction practices: 1. IS456 for concrete structures 2. IS800 for...


Damage to schools threatens education system

May 13, 2015 by  
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The earthquakes in Nepal have caused server damage to educational infrastructure in Nepal. Wall collapse has been a common failure in smaller schools, and sever damage has even been reported in some newer construction. Even buildings at Kathmandu University have been found structurally unsound. It...


CDAC Network Communicating with Communities Update #7

May 13, 2015 by  
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This report was developed before the second earthquake, so some of the information may have changed. This report indicates that rural communities are in need of information pertaining to the availability of services and relief distributions. Update #7


How technology has improved emergency response in Nepal

Erica C. Fischer & Lauren Biscombe Search and Rescue With new natural and man made disasters comes new applications of existing technology. The recent earthquake in Nepal has highlighted this through crowdsourcing data (check out our previous post), and more recently through the application of NASA...


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