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Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering







  • Understand the importance of turning a disaster into knowledge
  • Review the components of a geotechnical field reconnaissance report


Case History:

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. It occurred at 11:56 Nepal Standard Time on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8Mw or 8.1Ms and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX (see Wikipedia Link) =


The Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER= ( Association assembled a reconnaissance team. The focus of the reconnaissance was on time-sensitive (perishable) data, and the GEER team included a large group of experts in the areas of Geology, Engineering Geology, Seismology, Tectonics, Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The GEER team worked in close collaboration with local and international organizations to document earthquake damage and identify targets for detailed follow up investigations.


The objective was to obtain valuable perishable information that can be used to advance research and improve engineering practice.


Please review the following materials:


  • Social, Psychological and Cultural Factors(see Link)


  • Geotechnical Field Reconnaissance: Gorkha (Nepal) Earthquake of April 25 2015 and Related Shaking Sequence Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance (Posted Canvas)




  • Identify and briefly explain each of the primary sections of the report ( 3 to 5 single spaced pages)



Last Updated on March 21, 2019

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