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

February 1, 2017

If you walk the rocky road to school with a child in Nepal's west, you'll know that it takes awhile. Something else you should know about these rugged hills: a powerful earthquake is poised to rupture. We're working there to help people prepare.

 On the way to school in mid-west Nepal's middle hills. Photo: Lalrinpuii T...

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...

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...

February 15, 2015

In the unnerving seconds when earthquake shaking begins, a person’s action may spell the difference between safety and suffering. But what to do? There is no simple answer.

GHI is studying how to develop the right advice, and how to deliver it in an effective message. Here is the difficulty: a protective action may work...

September 27, 2014

In this back-to-school season, consider the child in Kathmandu, Nepal who is 400 times more likely to be killed at school by an earthquake than a child in Kobe, Japan. Comparable earthquakes are many times more deadly in developing countries than in the US and Japan, where construction to seismic design codes is routin...

June 1, 2011

Children in the Peruvian village of Chocos, perched at 7000 feet above sea level, will soon be studying in a newly retrofitted school that’s not likely to collapse during an earthquake. This summer, the village’s three-room elementary school will get a more robust foundation, its adobe brick walls will be bound togethe...

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