Highlights over 30 Years 

In 2021, GeoHazards International celebrated 30 years since our founding. We have spent three decades working alongside at-risk, underserved communities threatened by earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and more recently, climate-related hazards. Our work has spanned over 20 countries at local, regional, national, and international levels.

 

Our approach remains the same as in 1991—we’re on the ground in advance of disasters, when losses can still be prevented. We work with communities to be proactive about their risks. Over the years, we have adapted to better serve them, and as of 2021, we have local staff leading programs in six countries.

With your support, we will continue to work toward a future in which all people are protected and prepared ahead of natural hazard events and climate impacts.

The timeline below highlights some of the key milestones that shaped our organization and approach in supporting communities worldwide. 

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1988-1989

Founded in 

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Stark difference in fatalities from California vs Armenia earthquakes motivates creation of GeoHazards International

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1991

Communicate
& Inspire

1992

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Quito, Ecuador: Our first use of scenarios to engage communities in assessing & understanding risk

1997

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Nangkhel, Nepal: First ever school retrofit trains local masons who apply knowledge to future projects; efforts spark hundreds of school retrofits

1991

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Founder Dr. Brian Tucker and Dr. Suyama share a vision to address inequalities in disaster impacts, Suyama/OYO Corporation provides financial support

1993

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Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: Multi-year project raises awareness of earthquake risk, brings leaders together to plan, and helps strengthen local non-profit NSET, now one of Nepal’s earthquake risk management leaders

1999

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Inaugurating the first Earthquake Safety Day in Nepal; it continues to be recognized annually

2000

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2004: MacArthur Fellow Award recognizing Founder Brian Tucker and the work of GeoHazards International

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2005: Hiring of first local person who was embedded with Delhi Disaster Management

Authority

2007

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India: Hospital preparedness project creates frequently-used hospital training guides and initiates training programs for hospital personnel in South Asia

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2001

Gujarat M7.7 EQ

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2004

Indian Ocean M9.1 EQ & Tsunami

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2005

Kashmir M7.6 EQ

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2009

Bhutan M6.1 EQ

Advance
Local Capabilities

2005

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New Delhi, India: Lifeline Buildings Initiative develops local technical capacity to design and implement seismic retrofits of large key buildings

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2007: Creation of first sister organization, GeoHazards Society (GHS), registered in India 

2008

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Padang, Indonesia: Tsunami project emphasizes vertical evacuation options and introduces a novel evacuation park design for safe refuge

2010

Connect Leaders
with Expertise

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GHI Kathmandu Valley project in the 90s had sparked seismic retrofit of hundreds of schools in the affected area; all of them survive the Nepal 2015 earthquake

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2013

Laipuitlang Landslide in Aizawl

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2019

Bhutan: Priorities from school and hospital mitigation plans incorporated in national Five Year Plan

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2015

Nepal M7.8 EQ

2011

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2016

CAT4 Hurricane Matthew strikes Haiti

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2018

Kerala Floods

Cap-Haitien, Haiti: First youth-focused and led project to promote community resilience for coastal hazards & earthquakes

2015

2013

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Aizawl, India: Multi-year efforts to help the city draft and implement site development regulations to manage significant landslide and earthquake hazards, now considered model policy

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2019: Veronica Cedillos becomes GHI’s 2nd President as Brian Tucker retires

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2010

Haiti M7.0 EQ

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First school earthquake preparedness drills held across Bhutan. These  now happen annually.

2013

2015

Bhutan-made Earthquake Desks withstand heavy loads and provide safer cover in schools that are not yet earthquake resistant. Children are better protected.

2020

2020

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Kerala, India: First climate-focused project

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2021

Haiti M7.2 EQ

Value & Engage Local Voices

2021

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Haiti staff lead on-the-ground response efforts. Local relationships cultivated years before the earthquake prove vital.