As part of its Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) deployed a thirteen member multidisciplinary reconnaissance team to Nepal from May 30 to June 9, 2015, to study the impacts of the earthquake and its aftershocks. This presentation is a part of the 14 presentation series titled "EERI LFE Briefing for the April 25, 2015 Nepal Earthquake and Aftershocks" that describes the team's observations and findings.
This presentation serves as the Introduction for the team findings and is presented by team co-leader Bret Lizundia. Bret Lizundia (M. EERI, 1992) is a structural engineer and principal at Rutherford + Chekene in San Francisco. He has over 26 years of experience in structural design of new buildings, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings, peer review and plan checking, and applied research and guideline development. Lizundia was part of reconnaissance teams for the 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, 2001 Nisqually, Washington, 2010 Eureka, California, 2010 Chile, 2011 New Zealand, and the 2014 South Napa, California earthquakes. Lizundia is also the coauthor of the recently completed ATC-20-1 Bhutan Field Manual, which adapted the ATC-20-1 Field Manual: Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings for the building types in Bhutan.
More information about the team data and findings is posted on EERI's Virtual Clearinghouse website for the Nepal earthquake: eqclearinghouse.org/2015-04-25-nepal/ A written report summarizing the team's findings and recommendations will be published on the virtual clearinghouse website in late summer 2015. To view a PDF of each team member's presentation, visit eqclearinghouse.org/2015-04-25-nepal/2015/07/29/eeri-briefing-videos/