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EERI Response to Nepal Earthquake

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 Earthquakes Program

EERI has set up a virtual clearinghouse website for EERI members to find information and share knowledge about the earthquake impacts at

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

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 or Ken Elwood, LFE Chair, University of Auckland

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators. The objective of EERI is to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering; improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment; and advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

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