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Nepal Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report


Nepal Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report is now available


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 at the Nepal Earthquake virtual clearinghouse website:

Download EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report: M7.8 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake on April 25, 2015 and its Aftershocks (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 Nepal Earthquake virtual clearinghouse website features additional collected information, photos, a data map, and an extensive set of video briefings by reconnaissance team members:

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Taiwan Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar Now Available

taiwan-webinarOn April 19, 2016, EERI hosted a special webinar reconnaissance briefing on the Meinong, Taiwan earthquake of February 6, 2016. Researchers from multiple teams who traveled to the impacted region collaborated to share observations and provide key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage, response, and performance of pre-event mitigation measures. A recording of the webinar is now available:

Watch the Taiwan Earthquake Briefing Webinar

Topics and speakers included: Geology and Seismology (Kevin Clahan, Lettis Consultants International); Ground Response (Joseph Sun, PG&E); Liquefaction Impacts and Other Geotechnical Effects on Buildings and Infrastructure (Tara Hutchinson, Professor, UC San Diego); Building Response (Jiun-Wei Lai, Degenkolb Engineers); and Infrastructure Response in a Resiliency Context (Kevin S. Moore, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger).

EERI thanks the speakers and the teams from Degenkolb, the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, and Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger for their participation and cooperation in creating this special briefing, and to all other teams who collaborated with EERI and shared their findings with the seismic safety community.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available to webinar attendees and an email with instructions on reporting PDH certification has been sent to all registered participants. For questions or more information on PDH credit for this webinar, please contact Shizza Fatima (

More reconnaissance reports, maps, geotagged data and photos, and other information on the earthquake can be found on EERI’s Southern Taiwan Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse website.

Apply for 2016-2017 EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowships in Earthquake Hazard Reduction

EERI is pleased to announce the availability of two Graduate Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year to support two full-time students in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation.

FEMA (logo)The one-year fellowships, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

The EERI/FEMA NEHRP fellowship provides a stipend of $12,000 that can be used for tuition, fees, research expenses, and the required attendance and participation at the 2017 EERI Annual Meeting, March 7-10, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university and must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. All applications must include an academic transcript and a statement of educational and career goals.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to EERI, including a letter of nomination from a faculty sponsor at the student’s institution and two additional reference letters. Letters should evaluate the applicant’s recent academic performance, document the applicant’s research accomplishments, and assess the candidate’s potential to contribute to the field.

Candidates may apply online at Deadline for submission of all application materials is June 10, 2016. Announcement of the award will be made on July 15, 2016.