Call for Abstracts: Special Earthquake Spectra Issue on Gorkha Earthquake

EERI is developing a special issue of Earthquake Spectra on the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, to be published in 2017. It will be interdisciplinary in content, with a cohesive narrative thread tying the entire publication together. The editorial team (Bret Lizundia, Rachel Davidson, Youssef Hashash, and Rob Olshansky) is seeking potential authors.
Call for Abstracts Announcement Flyer (PDF)

Possible topics are listed below, with asterisked items being of particular interest. If you have expertise and interest, please submit a one-paragraph abstract, as well as the names of authors and their contact info, to Juliane Lane at by August 8, 2016. Initial drafts of papers will be due in the fall. When appropriate, the editorial team will seek to identify possible collaborations that could improve the contributions.


  • Tectonic setting
  • Regional seismicity and historic earthquakes
  • Foreshocks, main shock, and aftershocks

Ground Motion

  • *Analysis of recorded motions, including large long-period response in selected records
  • *Basin, topographic, and directivity effects
  • Damage near strong motion stations
  • Seismic zonation and hazard mapping revisions

Geotechnical Issues

  • *Slope stability and landslides
  • *Safe distances for communities threatened by landslides
  • Liquefaction
  • Foundation and retaining wall performance


  • *Electricity, dams, and hydropower
  • Water supply and sewerage
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Interdisciplinary effects

Building Performance

  • *Building codes and building practice
  • *School retrofit performance
  • *The impact of slope on building damage
  • Performance of reinforced concrete frame buildings with masonry infill
  • Performance of URM bearing wall buildings
  • Hospital performance
  • Remote sensing studies
  • Case studies of specific buildings
Nonstructural Hazards

Cultural Heritage

  • *Case studies in performance of heritage structures
  • *Case studies in rebuilding/retrofitting of heritage structures

Emergency Response

  • *Post-earthquake safety evaluation
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Demolitions, barricades, and shoring
  • Evaluation of the relief aid process

Social, Cultural, and Psychological Impacts

  • *Mental health issues
  • *Caste issues

Economic Impacts

  • *Non-government involvement in earthquake preparedness, response, and recovery
  • *The importance of remittances to the Nepal economy and how it changed following the earthquake

Recovery, Rebuilding, and Resilience

  • *Case studies of different communities
  • *Recent political history in Nepal before and after the earthquakes, including passage of a constitution and its interrelationship with the earthquake

Other Topics Not Listed

Support for this special issue of Earthquake Spectra is generously provided by FM Global, U.S. Geological Survey, World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, members of the EERI Board of Directors, Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), and EQ STRUC.

Call for Abstracts Announcement Flyer (PDF)