Geotechnical effects of the 2015 magnitude 7.8 Gorkha, Nepal, Earthquake and Aftershocks

Robb E.S. Moss, Eric M. Thompson, D. Scott Kieffer, Binod Tiwari, Youssef M.A. Hashash, Indra Acharya, Basanta Raj Adhikari, Domniki Asimaki, Kevin B. Clahan, Brian D. Collins, Sachindra Dahal, Randall W. Jibson, Diwakar Khadka, Amy Macdonald, Chris L.M. Madugo, H. Benjamin Mason, Menzer Pehlivan, Deepak Rayamajhi, Sital Uprety

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This article summarizes the geotechnical effects of the 25 April 2015 M 7.8 Gorkha, Nepal, earthquake and aftershocks, as documented by a reconnaissance team that undertook a broad engineering and scientific assessment of the damage and collected perishable data for future analysis. Brief descriptions are provided of ground shaking, surface fault rupture, landsliding, soil failure, and infrastructure performance. The goal of this reconnaissance effort, led by Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance, is to learn from earthquakes and mitigate hazards in future earthquakes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1514-1523
Number of pages10
JournalSeismological Research Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics


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