PEER-EERI-GEER Gorkha (Nepal) Earthquake Briefing – August 13, 2015

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association co-hosted a reconnaissance briefing of observations from the April 25, 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) Earthquake.

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Location: Room 310, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley  & online

Time: 11:45 am – 1:45 pm (PST)

Topics and Speakers:

Grace, Kang – PEER
Welcome & Agenda [PDF – 230 KB]

Engineering Seismology and Geotechnical Engineering
Youssef Hashash, University of Illinois & GEER
Download presentation [PDF – 11 MB]

EERI Reconnaissance Overview & Findings
Bret Lizundia, Rutherford+Chekene & EERI
Download presentation [PDF – 4.2 MB]

Structures and Data Collection
Andre Barbosa, Oregon State University & PEER
Download presentation [PDF – 38.3 MB]

Health Care Facilities
Judy Mitrani-Reiser, Johns Hopkins University, EERI & PEER
Download presentation [PDF – 40.4 MB]

Social, Psychological and Cultural Factors
Courtney Welton-Mitchell, University of Colorado,
University of Denver & EERI
Download Presentation [PDF – 3.4 MB]

Questions & Answers
Closing slide with links to PEER, EERI and GEER Nepal Earthquake resources

Two ways to attend:

• Attend in person at Room 310 Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley (  Note that there is limited space in the room.
• Watch remotely via Webcast live at 11:45 am on August 13, 2015.  Access at  This link will be active from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm).

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The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley. Investigators from universities, consulting companies, and researchers at state and federal government agencies contribute to research programs focused on performance-based engineering in disciplines including structural and geotechnical engineering, geology/seismology, lifelines, transportation, risk management, and public policy.  PEER’s mission is to develop and disseminate technologies to support performance-based engineering for seismic and consequential hazards, with the ultimate goal of achieving economic and community resilience. More information is available at

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is a technical society of engineers, practicing professionals, and researchers dedicated to reducing earthquake risk. For over 40 years, EERI has been sending reconnaissance teams following impactful earthquakes around the world through our Learning from Earthquakes program. These reconnaissance missions aim to document impacts, identify knowledge gaps where further research is most needed, and identify practices that will improve mitigation measures, disaster preparedness, and emergency response for future disasters. More information is available at

Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association coordinates National Science Foundation sponsored reconnaissance efforts of geotechnically important extreme events.  Whereby extreme events engineering is an experience-driven field, GEER’s primary objective is “Turning Disaster to Knowledge”. Immediately following the occurrence of an extreme event (e.g., earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, landslide, or flood), perishable data that can be used to advance our understanding is systemically collected by GEER volunteer team members. The importance of detailed mapping and surveying of damaged areas relative to general damage surveys cannot be overemphasized, as they provide the hard data of the well-documented case histories that drive the development of many of the empirical procedures used in geoengineering practice. GEER Association’s findings are widely disseminated through technical reports, scholarly articles and public presentations. More information is available at