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Title:Structural and geotechnical observations after the April 25, 2015 M7.8 Gorkha, Nepal earthquake and its aftershocks
Author(s):Fahnestock, Larry A.; Hashash, Youssef M.A.
Subject(s):Post-earthquake reconnaissance
Slope stability
Structural response
Reinforced concrete frames
Masonry infill
Seismic collapse
Non-structural damage
Geographic Coverage:Gorkha, Nepal
Abstract:The April 25, 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) Earthquake (M7.8) and its related aftershocks had a devastating impact on Nepal. The earthquake sequence resulted in nearly 9,000 deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and left hundreds of thousands of inhabitants homeless. With economic losses estimated at several billion US dollars, the financial impact to Nepal is severe and the rebuilding phase will likely span many years. To investigate the effects of this event, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) sponsored a team to visit Nepal, funded by a CEE Rapid Response Grant. From May 22-28, 2015, Youssef Hashash visited Nepal, in collaboration with a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association team, and collected data primarily related to geotechnical response. From June 7-13, 2015, Larry Fahnestock visited Nepal and collected data related to structural response of buildings, with focus on reinforced concrete frame structures. This report briefly summarizes geotechnical aspects of the events, which are documented more extensively in a GEER Association report, and thoroughly summarizes structural observations.
Issue Date:2016-12
Publisher:Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Series/Report:Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory Report Series 046
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:CEE Rapid Response Grant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright held by the authors. All rights reserved.
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-02-09

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