GeoHazards International

687 Bay Road, Menlo Park,

California 94025, USA

(650) 614-9050

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization



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Our News

July 21, 2017

Every year during monsoon season, landslides destroy lives and buildings and roads in Aizawl, India. I am thrilled to announce a game changer.

Aizawl Municipal Council just adopted new regulations that will control how residents dig and build on the city's steep slopes.

This landslide occurred April 2017, after days of r...

November 17, 2016

I am excited to share with you some good news from communities where GeoHazards International is working. People are becoming safer from natural disasters. Donor gifts, which make up almost half of our annual budget, have opened the door to this progress. A few highlights:

  • Geologists and engineers in Aizawl, India a...

June 16, 2016

Picture a child writing intently at her school desk. Suddenly the room starts shaking. She crouches under her desk. Unlike a common school desk, this desk is engineered to bear heavy impact -- an Earthquake Desk. It could save her life if the roof caves in.

Carpenters and welders in Bhutan manufactured the first batch o...

April 26, 2016


Last week when earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan, and Myanmar lit up the news, I was in China learning more about the world’s deadliest recorded earthquake. I was reminded that disaster can still strike in the blink of an eye, just as it did in Sha’anxi Province 460 years ago.


The difference today is that we know earthqua...

March 16, 2016

This week marks the five-year anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. For most people, that event calls up memories of death and injury, economic losses, disruption, and nuclear meltdown. Almost 20,000 people died, and entire towns were erased. But efforts to prepare Tohoku clearly saved lives. Its...

December 9, 2015

Imagine the sound of Nepali children busy and thriving in their safe school. That was GeoHazards International's impact in Nepal this past year, where years of work to strengthen communities before an earthquake paid off.  


Here are some highlights from 2015 and a link to GHI's annual...

September 24, 2015

Bad choices can make buildings turn lethal during earthquakes.These photos were taken the day after a Magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. What appears as a 3-story building had been 4 stories just hours earlier.


 A collapsed school building in Nepal the day after a M 7.8 earthquake struck. Photo: Anne...

May 4, 2015


In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, many people contacted GeoHazards International for insights. I am writing today to describe GHI’s work in Nepal, share our current plans, and ask that you support us in tomorrow’s second annual Silicon Valley Gives.


Having worked in Nepal, I reacted to news of the April 25 ear...

April 22, 2015

Where earthquake risk is ever-present, there is a window of opportunity to prevent disaster. We often meet local champions who take this to heart. One of them is a colleague in Bhutan, a small nation in the towering Himalaya. Huge earthquakes have occurred on a major fault that runs along its southern border with India...

December 9, 2014

I am excited to share some highlights of GeoHazards International’s work in 2014. We help the world’s most vulnerable communities avert catastrophes before disaster strikes, in order to save lives, reduce suffering, and build prosperous societies.


Though the words “disaster preparedness” and “risk” may seem r...

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