Introduction to the focus section on the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal, earthquake

Seismological Research Letters
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Abstract

It has long been recognized that Nepal faces high earthquake hazard, with the most recent large (Mw>7.5) events in 1833 and 1934. When the 25 April 2015Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake struck, it appeared initially to be a realization of worst fears. In spite of its large magnitude and proximity to the densely populated Kathmandu valley, however, the level of damage was lower than anticipated, with most vernacular structures within the valley experiencing little or no structural damage. Outside the valley, catastrophic damage did occur in some villages, associated with the high vulnerability of stone masonry construction and, in many cases, landsliding. The unexpected observations from this expected earthquake provide an urgent impetus to understand the event itself and to better characterize hazard from future large Himalayan earthquakes. Toward this end, articles in this special focus section present and describe available data sets and initial results that better illuminate and interpret the earthquake and its effects.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Introduction to the focus section on the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal, earthquake
Series title Seismological Research Letters
DOI 10.1785/0220150212
Volume 86
Issue 6
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Eastern Section, Seismological Society of America
Publisher location El Cerrito, CA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 1502
Last page 1505
Country Nepal
State Gorkha
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N