EERI Reconnaissance Team Report on the Nepal Earthquake is now available

May 18, 2016 by  
Filed under EERI Updates, General Information


A new special report, EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report: M7.8 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake on April 25, 2015 and its Aftershocks, is now available for download:

Download the EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report (18 MB PDF)

The 185-page report describes the findings of a multidisciplinary reconnaissance team sent by EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program from May 31-June 7, 2015. The thirteen-member international team studied preparedness steps Nepal had taken prior to the event, the extent of damage caused by the earthquake series, and the unfolding process of recovery. Working in partnership with Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), team members coordinated with nearly thirty other reconnaissance efforts.

The report’s chapter topics include seismology and geotechnical issues; damage to lifelines, buildings, and Nepal’s cultural monuments; building code issues; emergency response and post-earthquake safety evaluations; seismic retrofitting; social, psychological, and cultural factors; and EERI’s new initiatives to document information with remote curators and reconnaissance team collaborators.

Bret Lizundia (M. EERI, 1992), co-leader of the EERI team, said that the report “is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, detailed look at the story of the earthquakes and what we can learn about what works and what needs improvements. There are lessons not just for Nepal and the surrounding region, but also for all countries faced with earthquake threats.”

The EERI reconnaissance team previously produced a series of videos featuring an introduction on EERI’s response, presentations in different topic areas by each member of the team that visited Nepal in June 2015, and a summary of the mission’s findings. Briefing videos range in duration from 10 to 35 minutes, and can be watched individually or in a series: Watch the EERI Nepal Briefing Videos


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