Nearly one fifth of hydropower generation affected

June 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Dams and Hydropower

Nepal has a capacity to generate 771MW of power. Out of this, more than 90% is generated from hydropower plants. The current power supply is far less than demand. The country faces hours of load-shedding each day. The April 25 earthquake and series of aftershocks have caused severe damage to several...


Schools operating in red tagged buildings

June 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Curated Topics, School Buildings

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Bishal Subedi to serve as curator for Dams and Hydropower

June 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Dams and Hydropower

Welcome to Bishal Subedi, geotechnical engineer with Aurecon in New Zealand, as the curator of information on Dams and Hydropower and the impact of the April 25, 2015, Nepal earthquake and aftershocks.


Performance of Earthbag Schools

June 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Curated Topics, School Buildings

Schools constructed with earthbag technology have been reported to have good performance in the Nepal earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. http://www.myrepublica.com/t20/item/22302-earthbag-school-buildings-proved-effective-and-safe-during-quakes.html source: http://www.myrepublica.com/t20/item/22302-earthbag-school-buildings-proved-effective-and-safe-during-quakes.html The...


Mandated school assessments and issues with temp classrooms

June 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Curated Topics, School Buildings

The Ministry of Education has stressed the need for code-based structural safety assessments of schools buildings, concerned that some schools have re-started classes without the proper checks. http://www.myrepublica.com/society/item/22195-moe-orders-safety-assessment-of-school-buildings.html For those...


EERI Reconnaissance Team Begins Work in Nepal

June 6, 2015 by  
Filed under EERI Updates

Dr Thomas Kirsch and Surya Narayan Shrestha at Bir Hospital, a large complex with six medical buildings, staffing quarters, and other support structures in Kathmandu (Photo by Judy Mitrani-Reiser) EERI’s initial reconnaissance mission to study the effects of the April 25, 2015 Gorkha earthquake is...


Nepal’s heritage sites on shaky ground after devastating quake

United Nations News Center: Eighty per cent of the temples and historic structures in both Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Durbar Squares have been destroyed. The walls on two wings of the former Royal Palace in Kathmandu, which is now a museum, have totally disintegrated from the corners. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51065#.VXI9ulxViko


How Technology is Helping Save Nepal’s Heritage Sites

In its campaign, called “See you again, Kathmandu,” Baidu has appealed to Internet users to upload their photographs of historic sites. A small team from Skycatch, a San Francisco-based startup, flew into Kathmandu a few days ago. They’re on a mission to provide an accurate 3D model of the...


Virtual Team Collaborators established for Nepal Reconnaissance Team

June 2, 2015 by  
Filed under EERI Updates, General Information

EERI has established a new reconnaissance role, Virtual Team Collaborator (VTC), to engage more members in reconnaissance activities, especially early career professionals and students. Each VTC will be paired with a field team member in a matching discipline or interest area.  The responsibilities...


Damage Suffered by Hanuman Dhoka after the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes

June 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Heritage and Historic Buildings

The report presents findings by the ICCROM-ICOMOS-Smithsonian Institute team that visited some of the interior areas of Hanuman Dhoka after the April/May 2015 earthquakes on the 26th of May 2015. The document reports the first assessment made to the stability conditions of the interior areas of Hanuman...


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