Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Seminar on “Earthquake Hazard Studies for Nepal/Himalayan Region” held in Kathmandu

Underscoring the need of building consensus among the Nepali stakeholders on Hazard studies and development of hazard model, a half-day ‘Seminar on Earthquake Hazard Studies for Nepal/Himalayan Region’ has been held in Kathmandu on November 1, 2019. The seminar focused on understanding various studies related to earthquake hazards in Nepal/Himalayan region and introduced the US and Global Earthquake Hazard Studies.

The seminar was jointly organized by the Department of Mines and Geology (DMG), Government of Nepal, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation and NSET with the support from USAID/OFDA. The main objective of the seminar was to understand the ongoing efforts of earthquake monitoring and hazard assessment in Nepal and identify the need of capacity building for Nepalese stakeholders, and potential collaborative efforts for organizing earthquake hazards studies in Nepal. 

To begin with, Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director of NSET had highlighted the objectives of the seminar. Total 5 presentations were made.

Mr. Mukunda Bhattarai from DMG made presentation on ‘Earthquake Monitoring and Hazard Assessment in Nepal’. Mr. Bhattarai shared that assessment of seismic activities in Nepal has been strengthened with the installment of new seismic stations across the country after the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.

Dr. Sudhir Rajaure, Deputy Director General of DMG shared in his presentation about an overview of recent hazard studies in Nepal.

Dr. Mark Peterson and Dr. Kishor Jaiswal from USGS jointly made a presentation on US Seismic Hazard Mapping and relevant efforts of USGS. Providing an overview about how the Hazard Model was developed in US and its development process, they also briefed about various features and applications of US Hazard Model.

Presenting on ‘Global Seismic Hazard Map and Approaches and Potentials’, Dr. Marco Pagani from GEM Foundation highlighted GEM’s efforts on various fronts of seismic studies and activities across the world.

Dr. Susan Hough from USGS also briefed on collaboration efforts and studies being carried out between USGS and Nepali stakeholders including government, public and private organizations in a bid to develop a Model for seismic Hazard Mapping.

After the presentations, question answer session was held where various stakeholders discussed intensively on the ways to collaborate and coordinate among various agencies and organizations in Nepal to jointly work on Hazard studies.

The seminar was formally concluded by Dr. Somnath Sapkota, Director General of DMG, where he remarked the importance of collaborative efforts in the field of hazard studies.

In the seminar, total 50 participants participated representing various organizations namely, USGS, Institute of Engineering (IOE), DMG, USAID-Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), SCAEF, SONA, NEA, GEM, NSET among others.

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