GeoHazards International

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California 94025, USA

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Our News

May 20, 2019

Posted by Hari Kumar, Regional Coordinator for South Asia  /  May 19, 2019

Last August, my home state of Kerala in south India received an extraordinary amount of rain not experienced in almost 100 years. Widespread flooding inundated coastal lowlands, and thousands of landslides in the hills killed nearly 500...

September 24, 2018

Christopher met a young boy in the hospital who had been rescued from a massive landslide. This boy was the last person to hear his sister and cousin alive, all of them trapped in frightening darkness.

It is possible to prevent such tragedies, but few people in this city knew how. Christopher decided then that he had to...

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...

March 13, 2017

Next month, Bill Holmes will again tuck his tall frame into a tiny airplane to work with engineers in Bhutan, a Himalayan country that is due for a very big earthquake. He’s one of the expert mentors we bring to communities that are fixing buildings before a disaster, and he’s always a hit.

“Bill has a big reach because...

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...

October 17, 2016

I often marvel at the people who make up GHI’s team around the world. One thing they have in common is that they all live amid high hazard, just like their neighbors, and they have the talents and resolve to influence change. I thought you might like to meet some of them.

Gefthé Devilmé and Garmalia Mentor-William in Ha...

September 12, 2016

Our UC-Berkeley interns just finished fieldwork, miles of stair climbing included, in a dense city on steep ridges. Their task was to survey structural and landslide vulnerabilities at schools, and the experience was anything but textbook.

Aizawl, India is home to active earthquake faults,
frequent landslides, and mor...

July 20, 2016

School principal B.K. Sharma used to agonize over the safety of his 1,500 students in earthquake-prone New Delhi. Today, with a winning smile, he will tell you how their sprawling 3-story school, not originally designed for heavy shaking, became a model for earthquake safety.

Ludlow Castle School was the first large s...

July 12, 2014

If you ask GHI’s interns from University of California, Berkeley about what they did this summer, you may hear an earful of technical jargon, or you may see stunning photos of a city on the other side of the world. They traveled to Aizawl, India to conduct earth science and engineering research with GHI’s staff, local...

April 3, 2010

We recently released a manual to help hospitals in India improve earthquake safety and resilience, Reducing Earthquake Risk in Hospitals from Equipment, Contents, Architectural Elements and Building Utility Systems. Detailed but easy-to-use, it is available for free download on this website, and hospitals can also requ...

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