Geology for Global Development


Nepal Earthquakes – Latest Reading

Whilst geologists are often trained in the technical aspects of natural hazards, our courses are often devoid of information on what causes disasters, how we can better avoid them and effective disaster management. Recent events in Nepal highlight that hazard does not simply equal disaster, but that we must understand what drives exposure and vulnerability to be so high in certain parts of the world.

Some of the latest reports and articles from the tragic events in Nepal may help us as geologists to broaden our understand of disasters, risk reduction and disaster management:

The Guardian – One Month On – The Emotional Impact

BBC NewsNepal seeks expert [geological] advice on tourism

Asian Development BankSchool’s with Earthquake Proof Technology Survive Nepali Disaster and Learning from Disasters

ReliefWebLatest News and Situation Reports

Nepal Earthquake – Further Reading

At the weekend we published a selection of reading on the geological and humanitarian aspects of the Nepal earthquake. Over recent days much has been written reflecting on aspects of disaster relief and learning lessons as soon as possible from this awful event, to reduce the impact of future geohazards. These articles are accessible and give geoscientists much to consider:

Ilan Kelman (UCL IRDR)
How earthquake safety measures could have saved thousands of lives in Nepal.

Sam Jones (Guardian, with comment by Katie Peters, ODI)
Nepal Earthquake – Learn lessons or more will die in future disasters

ReliefWeb Situation Page
Maps, reports and details of the current situation

BBC News
The challenge of disaster relief

Disasters Emergency Committee – Nepal Earthquake Appeal

28-04-2015 10-25-11

In the coming weeks there’ll be time for reflection, for debate, for advocacy to build back better. Today the priority has to be ensuring a swift and effective response – getting clean water, food, shelter, medical aid to those that desperately need it. The UK Disasters Emergency Committee is a collective of UK development organisations, working together in emergency situations. They launched their appeal for the Nepal Earthquake yesterday, and the UK Government will match the first £5m of donations.

(If you’re outside the UK there may be more effective ways to give, please check with your Government’s national development agency).

Tragedy in the Himalaya – Largest Earthquake for 80 years in Nepal

(Updated: 27th April 2015)

Almost all of you will have seen the tragic news coming from Nepal. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the region between Pokhara and Kathmandu, with at least 1000 killed at the time of writing. This number is likely to go up in the coming hours and days as the true extent of the devastation becomes apparent.

Here we note some recommend reading and news sources on the event:

UNISDR blogs from 2012 and today, giving valuable background information on the disaster risk reduction progress that has been made in Nepal and today’s event – (2012) and (2015)

UN Nepal Information Platform (for humanitarian situation reports from the region) – (main website)

The USGS Event Page (for geological background and context) –

Landslide Blog (for updates on landslides and their impacts following this event) –

The Guardian Rolling Coverage (for media updates) – (blog closed), and the latest rolling coverage –

Other Relevant Articles and Information Sites:

Simon Redfern (University of Cambridge) – Nepal shows its vulnerability after devastating earthquake –

Earthquakes without Frontiers

Guardian – Nepal was made vulnerable by more than its violent geology –

Earthquakes Without Frontiers – Landslide Risk –

Nature India – Nepal quake relieves some built up strain from the region –

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Nepal Earthquake Article List –

Nepal earthquake was ‘nightmare waiting to happen’ –

Kate Ravilious – Kathmandu’s Earthquake Nightmare – (Background article, written July 2014) –

APPEALS: The UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have launched an appeal. DEC bring together 13 of the UK’s leading development agencies in times of crisis. These agencies will be working against the clock to get vital food, water, shelter and blankets to survivors.

(Page to be updated as this story develops)